This spectacular shot was taken at the entrance of Katlian Bay, in Alaska. The whale came up to the surface to gather food from a bank of herrings. (They are visible around the kayak.)
The kayakist, a dentist from Sitka, has not been injured and survived this terrifying experience.
The shot was immortalized by someone that was inside the ferry terminal who couldn’t do much more than shouting encouragement words to the sporty kayakist enticing him to paddle faster, while keeping his fingers crossed.
That’s what we call a close-up view of a whale!!
It reminds me of some thoughts of fear that creeped to mind while whale watching on the St-Lawrence River in the beautiful Province of Quebec, Canada, last year.
We were 12 people + the captain, in a zodiac embarcation, and were not too assured that a whale could not lift us up in the air if it so wished!
Difficult to say what kind of whales we’ve seen here, given the fact that we can see so little of the beast. There were many “common rorquals” for sure and maybe a blue whale. There seemed to be two distinct species swimming there.
Just in front of us… a few yards only! It suddenly came to our mind that they might be swimming under the boat… Mightbe or maybe?!
Anyway, it’s magical time! Everything is so quiet! So luminous!
That’s really a great moment on our Blue Road adventure! We’ll never forget it!
All went fine and we came back safe and sound with the most fondest memories of this very spectacular adventure.
Have a great week.
PS: Don’t forget to bring your camera where ever you go
Surfing can lead you to BIG encounters! Watch this short video where surfer was almost swallowed by a whale!