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Kayaker Has Major Encounter with Blue Whale: VIDEO


On October 8, a kayaker off Redondo Beach, California has a major close-up with a pod of the largest mammals on earth while they are lunge feeding, and even gets in the water with them (despite the fact that it is extremely dangerous given their size and probably flouts international law).



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  1. Amazing video! I love it when nature still inspires awe--I feel like we've been losing that feeling as a culture. But yeah, monumentally stupid to get in the water with them.

    Posted by: E. | Oct 18, 2011 11:23:47 AM

  2. nice whales. Human is sort of a dumb-ass.

    Posted by: Gary | Oct 18, 2011 11:25:54 AM

  3. Wow! There's a once in awhile experience!

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Oct 18, 2011 12:04:22 PM

  4. Nice Whales, why doesn't this asswipe leave them alone.

    Posted by: tom | Oct 18, 2011 12:12:25 PM

  5. Since when is it against the law to be near whales?! It's not like he's harpooning them. And who cares if it's dangerous? People swim with sharks. A blue whale is not dangerous just because it's large.

    Posted by: Dallifornia | Oct 18, 2011 12:19:37 PM

  6. I dont know about California, but its illegal to swim with or get too close in a boat to whales here. Youre supposed to stay a minimum of 100meters away from memory, both for your protection and theirs.

    Posted by: OberonOZ | Oct 18, 2011 12:31:46 PM

  7. Oh shut up. It's the most natural thing in the world to want to get into the water with such impressive, peaceable beings. Good for the kyaker. And thanks for his video.

    Posted by: uffda | Oct 18, 2011 1:18:36 PM

  8. I'm all for swimming with them. But if you get hurt, it's your own fault.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Oct 18, 2011 1:29:47 PM

  9. They aren't just the largest mammals, they are the largest creature that ever lived.

    Posted by: Nick | Oct 18, 2011 2:24:40 PM

  10. International law? I guess he'd be better off harpooning them like the Japanese do. I doubt he was in significantly more danger one way or the other, and both kayaks and whales are fairly slow moving, so it's hard to see how anyone was getting out the way quickly.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 18, 2011 3:24:41 PM

  11. To quote Tallulah Bankhead: IN a word- WOW!

    Posted by: Steve Sando | Oct 18, 2011 4:44:48 PM

  12. The video would have been awesome if the guy has kept quiet- beautiful whale outshines puny humans every time.

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 18, 2011 6:06:54 PM

  13. Whales are not meant for tourism and the laws that exists where exists are for a reason based on facts given by biologist. The more you promote that stuff the more the animals will be disturbed by stupid people wanting to have “their” mystical experience, and the animals have enough stress and problems with all the boats, the sound disturbance –very important for marine mammals- and the increasing pollution they fed with –lead, industrial waste and so on and on- to add dumb people wanting to bother them while feeding or whatever. Oh, don’t forget that we are depleting the ocean by fishing, so it’s not like they have plenty of option to go feed away from humans anymore.
    Nature is NOT an open zoo. Period. Want to see a whale, turn on Discovery Channel or have a job related to their protection or scientific study.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Oct 18, 2011 7:37:47 PM

  14. A... M... A... Z... I... N... G... Swim with blue whales every chance you get! Beautiful.

    Posted by: betmatthewnyc | Oct 18, 2011 7:43:29 PM

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