Humpback Whales Startle KayakersSteve Backshall and Justine Evans were kayaking in Alaska hoping to get some good shots of humpback whales feeding, while staying the required 100 yards away... but nobody told the whales about the requirement.
Two groups of whales converged on their kayak, with one of the mammals breaching near their boat. Then a rare (and hazardous) encounter occurred, that spurred Steve to wisely retreat.
"That was the most amazing, but terrifying, moment of my life," said Justine, after the adrenaline had subsided.
They moved to a bigger boat to further document the amazing "bubble-net fishing" method of the whales.
While as paddlers we can not tell the whales where to go, we strongly encourage following these whale watching guidelines:
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