A kayaker off eastern Scotland experienced a heart-pounding moment when he realized a humpback whale was swimming straight toward him.
Officials had been warning boaters about a breaching humpback whale in the Firth of Forth and to remain a safe distance, as reported by the BBC. So when the 40-foot whale got closer and closer, Lloyd Blyth became terrified, as evidenced on the video he took of the encounter:
According to The Currier, the 22-year-old Blyth was kayaking to Inchkeith Island and back for some morning exercise in the Firth of Forth.
When he was 1 1/2 miles off the coast of Kinghorn, Blyth noticed the spouting of a humpback whale about a half-mile away and thought it was heading away from him. But it suddenly surfaced about 100 yards away, and it was heading his way.
“My heart was pounding like I’ve never felt before,” Blyth told The Currier. “It came right up and I could hardly speak, I was just breathing heavily.
“I was worried it might breach on top of me.
“It was only about 10 meters [33 feet] away, then it dived down and I never saw it again.”
Blyth waited a few seconds before starting to paddle back to shore.
“It was out of this world to see an animal so big so close,” he said. “It was probably the most scary but exciting time of my life so far, and I’ve done a few crazy things.”