Kayakers Englufed by Humpback Whale, Live To Tell The Tale

Whale whale whale, what do we have here? Earlier this week, two kayakers had a boating experience of biblical proportions, being engulfed by a humpback whale in San Luis Obispo Bay, California. It started innocently enough, with a sirene Monday morning kayak trip to watch the sea mammals enjoy a silverfish snack.  Suddenly, the unthinkable happened. " ... all of a sudden the boat lifted up, and we were dumped in the water very, very quickly," explained Julie McSorley of the incident. Yep, you read that right, a humpback whale came out from underneath them, knocking them from their vessel into the sea below. While both women were unharmed, McSorley said it definitely made her second-guess her relationship with encroaching on natural creatures' space. 

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"It's definitely woke me up to the realization that, you know, our place is not in the feeding zone of whales," she told CBC of the incident. "We didn't think we were that close, but we definitely were right in the area that we shouldn't have been -- so I've learned my lesson, big time."  I guess we all have to learn some lessons the hard way.

Yet it took the pair a moment to register their close encounter with the whale kind. At first, Liz Cottriel said that she confused the whale's mouth for its belly and believed they were about to be crushed. "I'm thinking to myself, 'I'm going to push. Like, I'm going to push a whale out of the way. It was the weirdest thought. I'm thinking, 'I'm dead. I'm dead.' I thought it was going land on me," Cottriel explained. "Next thing I know, I'm under water."

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Over the following days,  the video of the two has gone viral, prompting shock from multiple people online.

"Just watched a humpback whale accidently deep throat a kayak with a person in it," wrote Twitter user @therealiVerbz "Do not ever speak to me about the ocean again."

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