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Whale Nearly Swallows California Paddle Boarder (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A paddle boarder was almost swallowed by a humpback whale off the coast of Santa Cruz, California in late November (video below).

Eric Garcia filmed the incident and posted it on YouTube on Nov. 24 where he wrote: "After observing the whale surfacing to breathe several times, we decided to head out."

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"Little did we know that we will see the whale one more time except, this time it came out with its mouth opened and barely missing a paddle boarder who was coming out of the harbor."

The Daily Mail notes that the unidentified paddle boarder escaped the whale a second time when the giant creature raised one of its fins.

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Source: Daily Mail, YouTube / Photo Credit: Eric Garcia/YouTube Screenshot