WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WHERE KAYAKING AND THIS HAPPENED?

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FREAK OUT IS WHAT I WOULD DO! WHILE STAYING STILL AND CALM OF COURSE. (Photos and tour by Matt Robson.)

this last weekend, a group of kayakers with Maui Kayak Adventures got legitimately FREAKED-OUT by a curious humpback whale.  Departing from Makena in south Maui, these nature-lovers paddled out with a guide to enjoy the beauty of Maui from the water, get a little exercise, and do some snorkeling.  What they didn’t expect was a playful juvenile humpback following them and forcing them to stop completely (this is called being “mugged”). (reported by Maui, Hawaii)

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The surprised guests got to experience some whale behavior rarely witnessed directly next to a kayak:

  • Spy Hop – This is when a whale moves its body vertically and pokes just it’s head out of the water so that it can use its exposed eyes to assess the area around them.
  • Pek Slap – This is sort of like if you laid along the surface of the water and slapped your arm.
  • Breach – No, they didn’t breach next to the kayak!  Haha!  Humpbacks seem to be well-aware of their surroundings and wouldn’t put themselves or others in harm’s way.  That being said:

It’s important to note that you should never approach a humpback whale this closely.  It’s illegal and could be dangerous.  In this instance, the guests we’re treated with the close encounter by surprise.  If a whale comes to you, stay calm, stop moving and enjoy being mugged!

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