Jet ski hits humpback whale emerging from water (VIDEO)

(NBC) A jet skier in Iceland said he had no choice but to skim over the top of a humpback whale that emerged from the water.

The rider said he and others had spotted whales in the area and headed in their direction for a closer look, reported the Today show.

Some animal activists said the act was irresponsible and dangerous.

The rider insists the whale wasn’t hurt.