Diver and underwater photography enthusiast Rick Coleman got the thrill of a lifetime when he was able to capture some amazing footage of blue whales and swim along side them while kayaking in Santa Monica Bay.
“It was an incredible day, and now it looks like the whales have left,” Coleman said in an interview with Redondo Beatch Patch. He later added, “[it] looks like it just worked out that I got that amazing, once-in-a-lifetime footage.”
Coleman’s footage, shot with a Go Pro camera on a kayak in deep water, shows one of the leviathans lunge feeding for krill on the surface and swimming underwater above the deepwater Redondo Canyon.
“When the whales pop up near your kayak, it can be heart-pounding … you feel all the excitement through your body as this huge whale comes up,” Coleman said. “But when he was watching the blue whales underwater, “it was just complete peace and relaxation—it was just surreal…”
“No fear, no anxiety—just peace and relaxation … a beautiful moment.”
When humans get to interact with these beautiful creatures in such a natural, peaceful way it’s simply amazing.
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