With all of the endless gear news and other goings-on in the world of photography, it’s really nice to sit back and just see what other people are capturing out there.
But it doesn’t mean we particularly envy them, especially when it is some kind of incident with an animal. Truly, wildlife photographers are some pretty brave folk as this video demonstrates.
Two kayakers in California almost became a modern-day Jonah as a humpback whale emerged from beneath them.
Julie McSorley at Avila Beach captured the video you can watch here wherein the whale does look like it swallowed the kayakers.
“I saw the big pool of fish, the big bait ball come up out of the water. I saw the whale come up. I thought, ‘Oh, no! It’s too close.’ All of a sudden, I lifted up, and I was in the water,” McSorley told local news station KPMH.
It was also captured from another angle by Liz Cottriel who was near McSorley when the humpback whale breached the water.
“I’m thinking to myself, ‘I’m gonna push.’ Like, I’m gonna push a whale out of the way! It was the weirdest thought. I’m thinking, ‘I’m dead. I’m dead.’ I thought it was gonna land on me. Next thing I know, I’m underwater.”
Luckily for them, the whale did not swallow them and they both surfaced after the kayak was toppled, probably more than a little bit shaken by the whole experience.
This story reminds us of that article we posted a while back about the deep sea photographer’s cage that a great white shark nearly broke into. That was also captured on video and has provided us with some of the craziest stuff we’ve seen yet. There was also that similar story about a polar bear. Like we said in the intro, wildlife photography lives up to the first part of that compound word.
Do you enjoy wildlife photography or videography? What’s your craziest experience? Let us know your story – or your opinions on this one – in the comments section below.
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