Kayakers in California lucky to be alive after whale capsizes boat

Katie Ramirez
November 5, 2020

"I thought, "Oh no!"

Two kayakers in the USA have been knocked into the water by a humpback whale. "I'm dead.' I thought it was gonna land on me", Ms Cottriel said.

A humpback whale almost swallowed two kayakers when it emerged out of the water for a breath, and a video of the incident was caught on camera by one of the kayakers. Thankfully, they just tipped over and ended up in water after the whale left.

Julie McSorley says she went out Sunday and took pictures of the whales and convinced her friend to go kayaking with her on Monday.

Liz told Fox 26 News: 'I'm thinking to myself, "I'm gonna push".

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McSorley and Cottriel were lifted into the air in the jaws of the whale before tumbling into the sea. Video recorded by her shows a whale's fin visible in the distance, before a bait bail of fish suddenly surfaces.

The next thing McSorley knew, she was lifted up and tossed into the water. Fortunately, that was not the case, and the two women were able to paddle back to shore at nearby Avila Beach. "But we didn't, and the whale came right up next to us".

"You could tell something was going to happen very close", MacMahon said.

The Port San Luis Harbor Patrol says enforcement can be hard.

Humpback whales typically feed on krill and small fishes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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