Breaching humpback whale nearly crushes two kayakers
Published 15/09/2015 | 12:50
Two kayakers had a lucky escape after a massive humpback whale burst from the water to land right on top of them.
The terrifying moment was caught on camera, and shows the man and women paddling through a large pod of humpback whales suddenly one of the animals launches itself out of the water.
In the video clip, onlookers are heard gasping as they watch the whale jump and appear to land straight on top of the flimsy boat.
The two kayakers were part of a cruise tour group in California that had stopped to watch the whales feed on krill and large swarm of bait anchovy fish.
“There were also a lot of kayakers right in the middle of it all. The next thing we knew, this thing launched right on top of the two kayakers,” said Captain Michael Sack, who leads the Sanctuary Cruises.
“It was very scary to watch,” he told KSBW News.
Thankfully, the whale did not land directly on the pair – who were knocked clear of their kayaks and into the water.
The couple were helped back to shore by fellow kayakers, said Captain Sack.
"Kayaking with whales can be extremely dangerous. This was one of the more dangerous situations that I've seen out here.
"I'm not sure if at this point these two know how lucky they were," he added.
Humpback whales are known to frequent the Central California waters between April and December, and their numbers are greatest in late summer.
They can grow up to 62 feet long and weigh as much as 50 tons.