This video comes from San Luis Obispo Bay, a little further south than we typically cover, but it’s too amazing to not share with our audience.
Kayakers along Avila Beach received a terrifying surprise when a humpback whale breached the ocean’s surface, only to get a mouthful of two kayakers in the process.
A video posted to social media shows kayakers Julie McSorley and Liz Cottriel in a scary situation in the mouth of a giant humpack whale:
Lucky to be alive: an Avila Beach woman says she is okay after a whale capsized her kayak (shown here). Hear from her and tips for staying safe out on the water tonight at 10&11. (Video: Kellie Balentine) @KSBY pic.twitter.com/WOy4itCzhW— Melissa Newman (@melnewmantv) November 3, 2020
“I still have an adrenaline rush!” McSorley told Fox 26 News.
The video shows the kayakers being lifted out of the water by the whale, only to be spit back out immediately. It was a close call for the people who survived the incident.
“The whale was in my face, literally,” said Cottriel, who recounted having the instinct to “push the whale out of the way.”
“It was the weirdest thought,” she told Fox 26. “I’m thinking, ‘I’m dead. I’m dead.’ I thought it was gonna land on me. Next thing I know, I’m underwater.”
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine