A humpback whale surfaced so close to a woman in a kayak that she could actually reach out and touch the whale if she had dared. This amazing picture shows Karen Hatch holding on for dear life when the humpback whale seemingly came up from under her kayak in Monterey Bay, California, according to Fox News on Aug. 27.
The massive creature was 40-feet long and weighed aproximately 80,000 pounds. Hatch, who was stunned, said the event lasted just seconds as the whale breached the surface and swam over to another whale, not too far from Karen and her kayak.
This amazing shot was taken by Giancarlo Thomae, who witnessed the event and snapped this incrediable picture of the very close encounter of the real kind! He said he witnessed a humpback whale come up in the water about 50 times last week and he had told Karen about it.
The two decided to kayak out to the spot to see if they might witness a whale close up, and that they did! Giancarlo Thomae's Sanctuary Cruises Whale Watch Facebook page shows that he has much experience with these whales, but this was one close call.
It is against federal law for anyone to approach one of the whales, people must stay 100 yards away from these sea creatures. It has become common practice for folks to float silently in Monterey Bay with hopes that a whale will approach them.
Hatch spoke with SF Gate after her close encounter and said that her “heart was doing flip-flops.” She said having that whale breach so close to her was the thrill of a lifetime.