Humpback Whale Lifts Kayaker Out of Water

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Well, this is certainly one way to gain someone's attention. Berthold Hinrichs was kayaking to Gryllefjord Village, Norway, when a 44,000-pound humpback whale surfaced to say hello.

Humpback Whale Lifts Kayaker


Hinrichs' kayak was lifted out of the water as the whale emerged directly beneath him. Managing to stay afloat, Hinrichs realized he was on the whale's back as his kayak rose above the water. He captured the entire encounter on video.

The whale could have been attracted to the large number of herring in the fjord, or it could have been simply surfacing for air. Either way, Hinrichs emerged from the unexpected lift unharmed. Watch the footage for yourself and see a kayaker encounter a whale in a truly unique way.

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liondog96

No way i'd be in the water with those things.

January 17 2014 at 3:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
freekmeout

it appears this guy is a wildlife photographer just looking for the perfect photo

January 17 2014 at 2:33 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
flamsnowmobile

I think the Whale should have been left alone. I like animal's. I think this guy was nut's to do this. What was he trying to prove anyway? The Whale could have killed him and it wouldn't have been the whales fault. I say leave the poor whales a lone and let them be.

January 16 2014 at 5:18 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
microflight5

HE SHOULD BE PUT IN JAIL FOR DISTURBING THE WHALES
NEXT TIME MAKE IT REAL AND GO WITH THE KAYAK WHERE THE WHITE SHARK ARE HANGING A PIECE OF TUNA UNDER THE KAYAK

January 16 2014 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
digio252

Michael, does he state he went out looking for humpback whales, or he encounterd them just by chance? Im not sure if missed something......... I have dial up and Im slowly loading the video

January 16 2014 at 3:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
digio252

Lee, I can only surmise.the weight given is the average adult ,,,,,its a good question

January 16 2014 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Why the hell would you go out on a kayak around some whales anyway is the real question. If they jump out, land on him and kill him will people be surprised. What kind of stuff do you have to be smoking to think that's a good idea. Is there some job that pays you to do that? Why else would you do that?

January 16 2014 at 2:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Dena

It looks like he was paddling couldn't really see him on the whale's back.

January 16 2014 at 1:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Patricio

This guy is an idiot.

January 16 2014 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lee

How do you know the whale weighted 44,000 pounds?

January 16 2014 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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