By Sarah Keane • 05 November 2020 • 10:06
WATCH: Humpback whale ‘almost swallows’ kayakers in California
Julie McSorley and Liz Cottriel were whale watching off the coast of Avila Beach, California on Monday, November 2 when a huge humpback whale swam under their kayak, tipping them into the water.
“I saw the big pool of fish, the big bait ball come up out of the water,” McSorley told CNN affiliate KMPH. “I saw the whale come up. I thought, ‘Oh, no! It’s too close.'”
“All of a sudden, I lifted up, and I was in the water.”
Footage taken by fellow kayakers shows the two women getting very close, before it looks like the whale nearly swallows them whole — but Julie McSorley, one of the women, confirmed to KSBY-6 News that only the kayak was overturned by the whale’s mouth.
The two managed to escape unscathed, briefly going underwater after capsizing before re-emerging.
Experts continue to advise whale-watchers to be cautious in the ocean. In Marine Life Viewing Guidelines, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) instructs individuals to observe whales from a safe distance — of at least 100 yards, or the length of a football field. In some states and regions, other species-specific laws mandate even greater distance.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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