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Here's What it Looks Like When a Massive Whale Lifts Your Kayak: VIDEO


A pair of kayakers in Puerto Madryn, Argentina had the good fortune to spot some whales during their time in the water, most likely some southern right whales.

It just so happened that the whales spotted the kayakers, too, and decided to swim closer for an inspection...MUCH closer. One curious cetacean swam right up to the boat and for reasons unknown decided to play with it by lifting up and out of the water a few times, much to the kayakers' delight.

Fortunately they caught it all on a waterproof video camera and uploaded the encounter to YouTube for the world to enjoy, which you can too, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. OMG. My heart would be beating out of my chest! Very cool though. Something those kayakers will never forget. And I think the whale was having some fun too!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jul 24, 2014 10:26:57 AM

  2. It's so nice whales, for the most part, no longer have to fear humans. But if the kayakers were Japanese, they probably would have drowned them.

    Posted by: Rolf | Jul 24, 2014 10:29:37 AM

  3. I agree, ROLF & SPACECADET,

    whales and dolphins must be the most forgiving species on this planet.

    Posted by: Derrick from Phillip | Jul 24, 2014 10:36:20 AM

  4. Oh, Lord. Derrick from Philly. LOL. I wish I did have a Phillip. LOL

    Posted by: Derrick from Phillip | Jul 24, 2014 10:40:12 AM

  5. Gentle Giants, Respect!!

    Posted by: styler | Jul 24, 2014 11:14:13 AM

  6. RUB HIS BELLY, for Pete's sake! Them barnacles is itchy!

    Posted by: Book | Jul 24, 2014 11:19:48 AM

  7. they risked serious injury, if not their lives by kayaking into the midst of the whales
    if there had been a baby whale present & the adults felt any threat-- one smack of a tail or a breech right over the kayak & it would have been a different video

    Posted by: joe | Jul 24, 2014 11:28:20 AM

  8. @JOE I think the kayakers were experienced enough to know this. Mom Whale would have smacked the water beforehand. No. These were whales out for a pleasant stroll as were the kayakers. When species meet..... Lighten up.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 24, 2014 11:39:50 AM

  9. When I'm wading in the ocean, I scream the same way whether a piece of seaweed touches my leg or I'm being devoured by a shark. I think I would have suffered heart failure in this case.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jul 24, 2014 12:06:03 PM

  10. The whales were lucky it wasn't in Washington state or Alaska where the canoes could have carried Indians with harpoons.

    Posted by: Merv | Jul 24, 2014 12:25:44 PM

  11. Something is wrong with the soundtrack. The people are talking gibberish.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Jul 24, 2014 12:28:19 PM

  12. ROLF
    Not just Japanese kayakers but Norwegian ones too, who gave the vile sushi swallowers the idea of killing and eating these magnificent animals in the first place ...

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jul 24, 2014 2:23:08 PM

  13. Whale: "Hmmm... you'd think a human would know what to do with a back-scratcher. But no..."

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 24, 2014 2:33:39 PM

  14. Animals get curious, too.

    Posted by: R | Jul 24, 2014 3:52:33 PM

  15. Wow

    Posted by: jarago | Jul 24, 2014 6:17:37 PM


    Wrong, they are speaking whale.

    Posted by: Nat | Jul 24, 2014 7:41:31 PM

  17. I imagine swimming around all day can get pretty boring.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 24, 2014 10:36:24 PM

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