Julie McSorley and Liz Cottriel saw humpback whales Monday when it was decided to get up close and personal. A whale came up under them and capsized them.
“I saw the big fish pool, the big bait ball out of the water,” McSorley told CNN subsidiary KMPH. “I saw the whale come up. I thought, ‘Oh no! It’s too close.'”
“Suddenly I got up and was in the water.”
Footage from a nearby witness gives the impression that the kayakers are being swallowed up by the whale, but the two of them just passed out.
“The whale was literally here in my face,” Cottriel told KMPH.
“I think to myself, ‘I’m going to push. I’m going to push a whale out of the way! It was the strangest thought. I think,’ I’m dead. I’m dead. ‘I thought it was going to land on me. Next I know that I’m underwater. “
The two were able to escape unscathed and went briefly under water after capsizing before they surfaced again.
Humpback whales typically feed on krill and small fish, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NOAA says humpback whales are popular with whale watchers because they are active on the surface and often jump out and hit the water with their pectoral fins or tails.