Animals Video

By Ellie Duncombe

This unbelievable footage has captured the incredible moment a whale breaches, just inches from a passing kayaker.

Shot by David Rogers while he was half a mile offshore at Moss Landing, California, the video shows fish scattering in an attempt to get away from the whale, before the huge mammal lunges towards its feed.

Pic by Cindi Roddan / Kelley Larsen

David, a civil engineer, said: “It all happened so quick, there wasn’t much time to think. 

“I knew the whales were not out to attack or hurt me. I remained calm and tried to keep my balance as one whale pushed my kayak to almost the tipping point. 

“I remember thinking to hold onto my paddle, as I didn’t want to lose it.

The magnificent phenomenon was also witnessed by two other spectators, who were watching close by.

Cindi Roddan and Kelley Larson, who are both part-time photographers, were on a tour boat out of Moss Landing and were hoping to capture something dramatic. 

Pic by Cindi Roddan / Kelley Larsen

Cindi said: “We were out on the first cruise of the day and 30 minutes into it, thousands of anchovies started jumping into the air around us.

“We’d found ourselves standing above a massive bait ball and any way we looked there were whales!

“Suddenly, we heard the simultaneous gasps of the other people on the boat, and witnessed a large humpback lunge feeding within arms length of a kayaker.

“We saw anchovies flying into the air, and the kayaker disappearing behind the whale only to reappear with his feet in the air on the whale’s side. 

Pic by Cindi Roddan / Kelley Larsen.

“When the humpback re-submerged, we breathed a sigh of relief to see that the kayaker was ok.”

David said: “There were lots of ooh’s and aah’s from the whale watchers on the nearby boats.

“It was an incredible, scary and exciting experience!”