Kayakers Caught Off Guard By What's Lurking In The Water
Kristin Danley 9/13/2017
Sometimes there's no better way to view the world than from the glassy surface of the ocean. One day, Michelle Feis secured a kayak and a guide for a beautiful trip around Henry Island off San Juan Islands, Washington.
They left Roche Harbor and headed out into the bay, destined for the island tour. Their trip began at 9 a.m., but it quickly escalated into something so much more than a calm gliding tour across the gently lapping waves.
Their journey across the bay began peacefully, but then it turned into a frightening experience that Michelle swore she'd never forget. The pair had no idea that their voyage was about to take a turn.
Michelle expressed her feelings by saying:
"I was scared (but not fearing for my life scared), adrenaline rush times a thousand, a lot excited, a lot in disbelief at our luck, mostly in complete awe."
It turns out that there were magnificent whales frolicking under the water. Michelle and the guide paddled their kayak as close to the cliffs as they could and paused in the kelp so they could be out of the whales' way.
They stopped paddling so they didn't disturb the water and simply paused, watching the majestic whales play around in Open Bay. It was a little nerve-wracking when three out of the group of more than 30 whales swam under their kayak!
"I am shaking so much ... are you shaking?"
One whale looked right at them. She had her baby with her, allowing Michelle and the guide to have an up close and personal experience with them.
One even breached out of the water, leaving Michelle stunned. She said it was a dream come true.
"It was amazing, incredible, unbelievable ... I literally couldn't believe what I was seeing ... such a magical, spiritual, inspiring encounter with these extraordinary whales/dolphins."
The pod of whales belong to the Southern Resident Orcas of the Salish Seas/North Pacific Ocean. They actually are an endangered community of whales and are protected by the federal endangered species act.
Michelle said it was the luckiest day of her life.
Watch her experience in the video below and prepare to be amazed.