When it comes to porpoises, Dick Van Dyke is a huge fan.

The 84-year-old comedian appeared on "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" last night to promote the release of "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang" on Blu-ray. Near the end of the interview, he told an amazing tale of rescue.

"I went out once and fell asleep on a (surf) board. I did. And I woke up out of sight of land, and I looked around and I started paddling with the swells and I start seeing fins swimming around me, and I thought, 'I'm dead.' They turned out to be porpoises. They pushed me all the way to shore. I'm not kidding."

Ferguson then quipped, "It's because they had seen 'Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang'."

Check out the full interview below.

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