Kayakers Nearly Swallowed By Whale

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Cottriel told FOX26 News, "I'm thinking to myself, 'I'm gonna push.' Like, I'm gonna push a whale out of the way!" I thought, 'Oh, no!

Footage caught by a fellow whale watcher shows the dramatic moment they were tipped dangerously close to the whale's open jaws before managing to escape. The resulting wave dumped the pair into the water, landing just feet away from the ocean mammal's open mouth, video reveals.

Humpback whales are known to be active near the California coast year-round, and officials advise people to keep a football field's distance between themselves and whales when possible to avoid situations such as a capsize. I thought, 'Oh, no!

She was using her phone to take video of the scene at the time, as were others nearby who saw activity by fish and birds and hoped they might soon capture a whale breach, which occurs when most or all of the whale's body leaves the water.

Two women kayaking in California were nearly swallowed up by a humpback whale.

A humpback whale almost swallows kayakers near a California beach
Kayaker Films Herself Almost Getting Swallowed by a Humpback Whale

The pair's screams are muffled as they fall into the water. Like, I'm gonna push a whale out of the way! I'm thinking, 'I'm dead. "Next thing I know, I'm underwater".

The only damage was Julie losing her auto keys in the close call but both survived unharmed.

The women even managed to retrieve their kayak and ride it back to the beach.

Liz said: 'I was infatuated by them and in awe.

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