Paddleboarder nearly gets struck by breaching whale; video

While on a pier in Oceanside, California, Aysean Beauchamp was casually filming a paddleboarder when out of nowhere a whale breached dangerously close in front of him. Fortunately, it didn’t land on him.

“Oh my God!” exclaimed the woman we assume to be Beauchamp. “Holy cow! Wow! He leaped his whole body out practically.”

As the San Diego Union-Tribune put it, “Just another day along our beautiful California coast.”

Whale watching is a favorite pastime along the Southern California coastline where several charter boats take people out to witness the incredible mammals as they migrate up and down the coast. Kayakers and paddleboarders also sometimes get in on the action.

NOAA has strict guidelines for whale watching and requires people to remain at least 100 feet away from whales. But the whales don’t adhere to any guidelines about keeping away from paddleboarders, as evidenced in Beauchamp’s video.

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