As you can imagine, kayaking along the coast of Canada's British Columbia will probably involve at least a few wildlife sightings. But while paddling there just last week, a few kayakers found themselves insanely -- if not dangerously -- close to humpback whales and managed to capture the whole close encounter on video.
The kayakers were paddling along the coast of Penn Islands, when they came across a humpback whale nursing her calf, according to the video's description. As you can see in the clip above, the group attempted to keep a safe distance from the massive marine mammals, but they were suddenly caught off guard when the mother whale disappeared under the water and breached with a spectacular splash only a few meters away. The craziest part of the video starts at the :50 mark, with a telephoto lens capturing the whale, well, up close and personal.
"The baby jumped, and that was like, 'Wow, that's amazing,'" Heather Lawrence, who captured some of the video, said in a report by CBC. "But then the mom came up right away and she's humongous compared to baby. When she landed I was really hoping she was going to land far away from me."