Holy Humpbacks! Whales Come Close to Swallowing Scuba Divers

Two divers get the surprise of their lives when they discover they’ve been swimming with whales.
Jul 22, 2013· 0 MIN READ
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Gulp! It started as a way to kill time before their next dive at Souza Rock, off the California Coast, and quickly turned into a near-death experience.

In this epic home video, two massive humpback whales burst out of the water unbelievably close to two scuba divers, identified as Shawn Stamback and Francis Antigua.

GrindTV reports that one of the divers believes the whales intentionally avoided him, which would make this incident just another reason to love these endangered creatures.

Reaching about 50 feet, humpback whales are not meat eaters, but filter feeders. This means they have two rows of baleen plates attached to their jaws, allowing them to eat mostly fish and krill. (Think back to that scene from Finding Nemo when Dory and Nemo were sucked into a whale’s mouth before being spurted out from its blowhole). Humpbacks can eat up to a ton of food a day and mostly feed in the summer months.

It’s unclear who got too close to whom, but NOAA Fisheries requires boats to stay at least 100 yards away from whales because their propellers can be fatal to these endangered marine mammals.