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Breaching humpback whale lands on kayakers

By Ben Hooper
Breaching humpback whale lands on kayakers
A breaching humpback whale about to land on a tandem kayak. Storyful video screenshot

MOSS LANDING, Calif., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A California whale watching company's video features an important lesson about kayaking around humpbacks: "It's all fun and games until someone gets jumped on."

The video, posted to YouTube by Sanctuary Cruises, was filmed by passenger Larry Plants aboard one of the company's whale-watching boats in Moss Landing, Calif., and shows the tandem kayakers paddling through a pod of humpbacks feasting and "carrying on with random acts of hijinks."

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"Humpbacks were coming up next to and in the middle of many kayakers. It was amusing. It's all fun and games until someone gets jumped on. The next thing we knew, this thing launched right on top of these two kayakers. That was heavy," the video's description reads.

The whale appears to land directly on top of the kayakers, but the boat's captain, Michael Sack, said they were not injured by the impact.

"Kayaking with whales can be extremely dangerous," he told KSBW-TV. "This was one of the more dangerous situations that I've seen out here. I'm not sure if at this point these two know how lucky they were."

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