Whale nearly topples kayaker in scary encounter

Whale nearly topples kayaker in scary encounter

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Whale nearly topples kayaker in scary encounter

A kayaker was videotaping humpback whales while sitting among whale-watching boats in Monterey Bay when he suddenly found himself much too close to the action.

Two whales attacked a school of anchovies and David Rogers was right in the middle of it as one whale breached and another rolled on its side nearly capsizing his kayak.

The incident occurred earlier this month about half a mile off California’s Moss Landing where whales congregate to feed, much to the delight of whale watchers, who are supposed to remain 100 yards from the whales. Apparently Rogers couldn’t help it as the bait came his way and so did the whales.

“It all happened so quick, there wasn’t much time to think,” Rogers told Caters News, which posted his video Thursday. “I knew the whales were not out to attack or hurt me. I remained calm and tried to keep my balance as one whale pushed my kayak to almost the tipping point.

“I remember thinking to hold on to my paddle, as I didn’t want to lose it.”

He held on to the paddle and gave out a “whoa” when the waters calmed.

“There were lots of ooh’s and aah’s from the whale watchers on the nearby boats,” Rogers told Caters News. “It was an incredible, scary and exciting experience!”

When Rogers got back to the dock, there were two reminders of just how close he was to the action. In the bottom of his kayak were two anchovies swimming in a pool of water that had swamped into his kayak.

Photo is a screen grab from the video.

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