Whales are some of the most magnificent creatures out there. Majestic, large, and not too intimidating.
But coming into close contact with one, especially when unsupervised by a professional, can still be a little terrifying.
While whale attacks are rare (especially in comparison to shark attacks), sometimes they do happen. “They mainly feed on squid and rarely attack, apparently only when mistaking other mammals for seals or prey,” writes the BBC in regard to sperm whales specifically. But some violence may unintentionally happen — especially if the whale feels threatened.
“Whether they can feel emotions like vengeance, is in dispute,” the site continues.
That said, friendly or not, you wouldn’t want to be flipped over by one. And that’s exactly what happened to two kayakers who were out enjoying nature just north of Pismo Beach in California.
Chances are, the passengers of the kayak that the whale flipped over weren’t knee-deep in whale facts when the incident happened — so they were probably scared at first. As you can see on camera, the whale making contact with the kayak seemed to be all in good fun. They experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that happened to be caught on film.
And have no fear. These kayakers weren’t part of any tragic statistic. They were both OK after the incident and are now equipped with an incredible story to tell regarding their brush with a whale. Watch the video and see how close the whale actually got.