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What They Were Thinking: Paddleboarding past pelicans

Blake Denman, 16, of Wenham paddleboarded past pelicans while on spring break in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., April 19, 2012.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Blake Denman, 16, of Wenham paddleboarded past pelicans while on spring break in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., April 19, 2012.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Who's up today: Blake Denman, 16, of Wenham paddleboarded past pelicans while on spring break in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., April 19, 2012.

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Denman: “I rented this paddleboard. I’ve done this five times. It’s really fun and it’s good for getting six-pack abs. I saw a bunch of jellyfish and some dolphins next to me. Then a fish jumped and I heard a whoosh and there they were. I don’t think I ever saw a pelican before. I was surprised. Their big fat mouth surprised me. Right after this I reached for my GoPro [waterproof] camera but I fell off the board trying to turn it on. I can’t believe I’m the only one in the water. My grandparents said, ‘Brr, it’s too cold.’ But I thought it was wicked warm. The water’s 69 degrees. That’s as warm as it gets in the summer on the North Shore.’’

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