A kayaker has posted video of a very close encounter with a blue whale off the coast of Redondo Beach.
The video, posted on YouTube, shows the blue whale surfacing incredibly close to the kayaker. The whale was also feeding right next to the kayak. The kayaker described the encounter as "heart pounding excitement."
He also wrote: "I'd like to take a moment to state that I don't recommend, endorse or in any way want to encourage anyone to try and swim with these whales. The whales are large unpredictable animals and potentially dangerous." He also directed interested viewers to check the Whale Watching Guidelines on NOAA website.
Whale experts like to caution that a whale's behavior should never be interrupted, and that one flip of a whale's tail can cause serious injury.