The silent majesty of whales is something we all want to witness. It’s why so many take to the coast each year with binoculars in hand.
But two unlucky kayakers off the coast of California got a little closer to a school of whales than they intended this week.
As you can see in this footage taken from a nearby boat, a huge humpback whale leaped into the air… and came crashing down on the kayak and the helpless people inside:
It was an ugly encounter… but both of the kayakers are safe… and now have a story about a whale to impress their friends and family.
What do you think of the footage – does it make you any less likely to approach whales? Let us know below.
H/T: BBC News