Kayakers "Swallowed" by Humpback Whale ... It does Actually Happen!!!

CRPaddler

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Well, the story that we always hear and say is an urban myth has finally happened.

Had I just seen the video I don't know what I would have believed, but I heard it on CBC radio on As it Happens on my drive today and had to look it up. And no, they weren't actually swallowed, but they were in the mouth of the humpback whale that came up for a bait ball (not breaching as one of the women in the kayak calls it during her interview).


 

CPS

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The onboard footage is pretty crazy. Not a position I'd want to be in at all.

I often see videos of people near whales, especially orcas, and think about how something could go wrong quickly. Not because a whale means to do anything, but just because they're so big.
Sort of like how I might accidentally sit on my cat.

Glad no one was harmed.
 

jefffski

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Orcas use echolocation as most toothed whales do. Baleen whales (including humpbacks) don't, so they don't know what's around them, hence they get hit by ships more often. In this case, these women actively moved to the area near where the humpbacks were feeding, so, it's their fault, and they admitted it.
 
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