MORRO BAY, Calif- Humpback whales eat krill and other small fish, the do not eat people. But it is still a little scary when you are in the middle of whale feeding frenzy.
That is what happened to Shawn Stamback and Francis Antigua as they were diving in Morro Bay. "When we got in, the whales were about a quarter of a mile away," Stamback said to Grind TV.
You can see a large school of sardines in water and the group, who had charted the dive with SloDivers, told Grind TV they just wanted to get shots of humpbacks in the distance and where just passing time in between dives.
The encounter happened near Souza Rock on Saturday. The
video starts off with the whales in the distance. Then, the shot
switches to underwater, where you see a school of fish come out of
nowhere. When the diver resurfaces, a humpback whale comes crashing out
of the water and almost swallows him up.
Shawn Stamback of SLO
Divers described the shocking moments to Central Coast News. He said
when he saw the whale jump out of the water, he thought he was either
going to get eaten or swatted by the tail. Although he was laughing
about the whole situation after, he said it was a really intense moment
that caught him off guard.
Luckily, no one in this encounter got
hurt. But Stamback gives a warning to divers, saying if you see a whale,
don't get into their way while they are feeding.
The video has quickly become viral on YouTube, with more than 600,000 hits since it was posted on Saturday.
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