VIDEO: Humpback Whale Nearly Swallows Two Kayakers Along California Coast
This video comes from San Luis Obispo Bay, a little further south than we typically cover, but it’s too amazing to not share with our audience.
Kayakers along Avila Beach received a terrifying surprise when a humpback whale breached the ocean’s surface, only to get a mouthful of two kayakers in the process.
A video posted to social media shows kayakers Julie McSorley and Liz Cottriel in a scary situation in the mouth of a giant humpack whale:
Lucky to be alive: an Avila Beach woman says she is okay after a whale capsized her kayak (shown here). Hear from her and tips for staying safe out on the water tonight at 10&11. (Video: Kellie Balentine) @KSBY pic.twitter.com/WOy4itCzhW— Melissa Newman (@melnewmantv) November 3, 2020
â€œI still have an adrenaline rush!â€ McSorley toldÂ Fox 26 News.Â
The video shows the kayakers being lifted out of the water by the whale, only to be spit back out immediately. It was a close call for the people who survived the incident.
â€œThe whale was in my face, literally,â€ said Cottriel, who recounted having the instinct to â€œpush the whale out of the way.â€
â€œIt was the weirdest thought,â€ she told Fox 26. â€œIâ€™m thinking, â€˜Iâ€™m dead. Iâ€™m dead.â€™ I thought it was gonna land on me. Next thing I know, Iâ€™m underwater.â€