VIDEO: First-time whale watcher films humpback whale crash into kayakers on back-to-back days near Avila Beach

ByAndrew Morris KGO logo
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
VIDEO: First-time whale watcher films humpback whale crash into kayakers on back-to-back days in Avila Beach
Kayakers and paddle boarders in the waters off Avila Beach, Calif. saw a humpback whale brush into kayakers in San Luis Obispo County. The day later the woman filmed a viral video of two kayakers nearly swallowed by the whale.

Anybody would say it's rare to catch a humpback whale breaching for air, under any circumstances. One woman may have just caught not one, but two sightings of a lifetime.

Mandy Boyle was in the right place in the right time when she filmed a humpback whale brush up against kayakers and paddle boarders in the waters off of Avila Beach, Calif., earlier this month. The very next day, Boyle returned to the same spot of water to film something even more shocking.

Boyle captured a now-viral video of one whale, nearly swallowing two kayakers whole.

"I saw the big pool of fish, the big bait ball come up out of the water," Julie McSorley, one of those kayakers, told CNN affiliate KMPH. "I saw the whale come up. I thought, 'Oh, no! It's too close."

Neither of the two kayakers were hurt, but instead just tipped over.

WATCH: Whale-watchers see rare 'triple breach' of humpback whales off Monterey coast

Some excited whale-watchers got to witness a rare 'triple breach' of two adult humpback whales and one calf off the Monterey coast from their boat on Sunday.

Boyle says those two days were her first time whale-watching. "I couldn't help but feel awe and a sense of peace in their presence," Boyle said. Humpback whales 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, according to the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

However, marine experts urge any whale watchers to not get too close to touch the whales, and give them their space so as to not disturb the immense creatures. Feeding them could make them sick or dependent on humans for food.

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