04 Nov '11, 4pm

Surfer Narrowly Misses Being Swallowed By Humpback Whale (Video)

Surfer Narrowly Misses Being Swallowed By Humpback Whale (Video)

Telegraph /Video screen capture A woman paddling on a surfboard off the coast of Santa Cruz, California escapes being swallowed up by a humpback whale feeding on fish at the surface. The person filming notes that she (or they) had never paddled out that far from shore before. Well, maybe they won't again after seeing how close a humpback whale is willing to get to swallowing something a bit bigger than the usual menu item. Humpbacks feed on small fish and crustaceans, and this one probably knew exactly what it was, and wasn't, going to eat. But that doesn't make it any less startling to be that close to the dinner table. The Telegraph reports, "Residents in Santa Cruz have reported several close encounters between whales and humans and boats in recent months. Adult humpback whales can grow over 50 feet long. Whale watchers are warned to stay at least 100 yards away from fe...

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