Whale of a Tale: Humpback Capsizes Calif. Kayaker (Watch Video)

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As reported by CNN, two sea kayakers off coast of Avila Beach, California, got a scare from a humpback whale recently that they will likely never forget.

According other report, California kayakers Julie McSorley and Liz Cottriel were watching humpback whales on Monday when one came up underneath them and caused them to capsize.

“I’m thinking I’m dead,” McSorley told CNN affiliate KMPH.”I saw the big pool of fish, the big bait ball come up out of the water…then I saw the whale come up and all of a sudden, I lifted up, and I was in the water.”

“I thought it was going to land on me.”

Other kayakers quickly came to their aid, leaving them shaken and stirred, but with mo major injuries…and a whale of a tale to tell their friends back home.

What Local Outfitters Say

According to Vince Shay, the longtime owner of kayak rental company Avila Beach Paddlesports, the event was bit of an anomaly. “Humpbacks don’t come to feed this close to shore every year,” he says. “This year we had three. In 2015, the last time they came, there were over 20.”

“I have never seen a kayak or paddleboard that was ‘swallowed’ or picked up by a lunge-feeding humpback,” he adds. “But, I will say this, it was a matter of time. There were too many people surrounding the whales instead of staying in one area as a group and viewing from a distance. I was just thankful that my renters were not the ones this happened to. And I’m also glad the two ladies were okay.”
According to NOAA, humpbacks are popular among whale watchers as they are active on the surface and often jump out and slap the water with their pectoral fins or tails.
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