Kayakers Have Insane Close Encounter with Breaching Humpback Whales

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."

Nobody was injured in the incident, and surprisingly, nobody appears to have crapped their pants despite how justified it would have been in that situation. 

h/t Mashable

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and would have crapped his pants. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.
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