A kayaker in Monterey Bay, California came inches from being touched by a humpback whale recently. Fortunately for the rest of us, she had a camera rolling when it happened.
The kayaker, Cimeron Morrissey, first saw the whale surface above the water about 20 feet from her boat. The mammoth then swam under the kayak – but not before it gave Morrissey a heart-racing surprise first. Here’s how she described what happened:
“Humpbacks are graceful and fully aware of their size and of their surroundings, so I wasn't scared (at first) but I was certainly shocked that he chose to swim right up to me. He dove under my kayak, which was amazing and exhilarating! But then his back arched and came to the surface about 3 inches from my boat, which freaked me out a bit. I wondered: hmmm, maybe this one needs contact lenses? Then his enormous barnacle-encrusted tail came out of the water and was about 12 inches from my face, which pretty much made my eyes pop out of my head.”
Awesome. Here’s the footage:
H/T: The Blaze