It was during a whale watching in Monterey Bay in California that two kayakers got more of a close encounter with a humpback whale, than they had wished for.
Out of the blue a whale leapt into the air and fell down back into the water, only inches from their kayak. The amazing incident was filmed by tourists on a close by whale safari boat.
It was Sanctuary Cruises, which arranged the whale safari who filmed and posted the video on YouTube. They state that the kayakers luckily escaped the incident by only getting wet.
"On our 08:00 am Sanctuary Cruises whale tour, just outside the harbor in Moss Landing, two kayakers on a tandam kayak were almost crushed to death by a massive, near full-size humpback whale. We stopped to see a large aggregation of humpbacks feeding and carrying on with random acts of hijinks. There were also a lot of kayakers right in the middle of it all. Humpbacks were coming up next to and in the middle of many kayakers. It was amusing. It's all fun and games until someone gets jumped on. The next thing we knew, this thing launched right on top of these two kayakers. That was heavy. The video was shot by Sanctuary Cruises passenger Larry Plants.", the company writes below the video on YouTube.
There are surprisingly many videos out there of paddlers who have had close encounters with whales. These too also came kind of close:
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