Humpback Whale Knocks Into Kayakers Near Avila Beach
By edhat staff
A video captured off the coast of Avila Beach shows two kayakers nearly getting swallowed by a humpback whale.
Two women were kayaking and noticed a group of feeding humpback whales. One woman noticed a bait ball, small fish swarming in a small circle, next to their kayak.
Suddenly a whale, following the fish, opened its entire mouth to catch the fish and ended up grabbing the kayak as well. The whale opened its mouth and released them leaving both women unharmed.
Apparently, it's impossible for a humpback whale to swallow a human due to their narrow throats, but the strength of their jaws could have caused fatal injuries.
Researchers are trying to identify the whale to monitor it and see if it is okay.
The central California population of Humpback Whales migrates from their winter calving and mating areas off Mexico to their summer and fall feeding areas off coastal California. Humpback Whales occur in the Monterey Bay area and central coast from late April to early December.