No matter how sure we are about our surroundings, we can always face totally unexpected situations that can even be life-threatening. This is exactly what happened to Julie McSorley and Liz Cottriel when they spent a few seconds in a whale’s mouth. The duo was leisurely kayaking in the San Luis Obispo Bay, California when a giant humpback whale engulfed them. The shocking moment was captured on camera by a passerby. The whole incident started and ended really fast that till the two women saw the video footage, they didn’t even realize what happened.
The shocking incident took place in the fall of 2020. During this time, humpback whales were very active in the bay area near Avila Beach. Many people visited the bay for kayaking and paddling.
McSorley and Cottriel’s first hour in the ocean went smoothly. They were in kayaks, waiting for whales to feed on swarms of fish. When the whale eats one swarm of fish, which is called a ‘bait ball’, they would move to that place. After some time, while the duo was waiting for the next bait ball, they noticed something unexpected. They were completely surrounded by little fish.
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McSorley has seen whales breaching right next to kayaks, so she tried to remain calm. After a short while, the boat lifted up and was dumped back into the water soon after. Cottriel states that she could even see the whale’s mouth closing around them. Fortunately, both women returned harmlessly, and also with a super interesting story to share with everyone. So, if you enjoyed this story, watch the video above and share your thoughts with us in the comments.