Nature at its best!
Cimeron Morrissey was kayaking in Monterey Bay, watching a sea lions, when a massive humpback whale surfaced right where she was! The whale was just about 10 feet from her kayak.
She said, "Humpbacks are graceful and fully aware of their size and of their surroundings, so I wasn't scared (at first) but I was certainly shocked that he chose to swim right up to me. He dove under my kayak, which was amazing and exhilarating! But then his back arched and came to the surface about 3 inches from my boat, which freaked me out a bit. I wondered: hmmm, maybe this one needs contact lenses? Then his enormous barnacle-encrusted tail came out of the water and was about 12 inches from my face, which pretty much made my eyes pop out of my head. So pardon my swearing in the video - I was rather stunned!"
Chimeron also wanted to point out that they were NOT kayaking toward the whales. She said, "...it is not advisable - nor is it legal - to do so. It's important to respect whales and just let them be. I think we must have been kayaking atop a huge ball of anchovies since the whales came toward us. Either that or we have serious whale magnetism!"
***NSFW LANGUAGE (as you can imagine, she was so surprised!)