Julie McSorley and her friend, Liz Cottriel from San Luis Obispo, California were almost swallowed by a whale as they were kayaking with friends.
“I still have an adrenaline rush!” Julie told Fox News.
The girls were just off the shore from Avila Beach whale watching about 30 feet away from the whales when it happened. Julie said that she remembers a big pool of fish swimming under Liz’s kayak and then condensing together so much that they started to jump out of the water.
“I thought, ‘Oh no! It’s too close,” Julie said.
Liz added that she remembers seeing the whale right under her kayak and then, all of a sudden, being helplessly lifted out of the water. She laughs as she looks back on it now because, at the time, she had it in her head that she was just going to push the whale out of the way – that didn’t work.
“I’m thinking, ‘I’m dead. I’m dead.’ I thought it was gonna land on me,” Liz explained. “Next thing I know, I’m under water.”
Julie drops her phone and paddles over to her friend to make sure she is alright. Liz surfaced and climbed back into her kayak. Fortunately, nobody was hurt during the incident and they have an incredible story to tell their grandkids later and the video footage to prove it.