I have seen videos with whales swimming near kayaks...I don't know how people remain calm. I'd lose it!
Two female kayakers on a whale watching expedition off the coast of California were NEARLY swallowed by a humpback whale. Luckily, neither of were injured.
The women were surprised because the water was calm, and the whales were pretty far away. But one whale was deep under water and they just happened to be in its path when it surfaced to feed on fish with its jaws wide open.
One of the women was filming the other whales when it happened. You see the peaceful ocean and then all hell breaks loose as she goes underwater and spins every which way before surfacing again.
There are also eyewitness videos from nearby kayakers and paddleboarders, and those are more frightening because it looks like the whale is swallowing the women. This happened near Avila Beach, California, which is a popular whale watching area along the central coast of the state.