See a Huge Humpback Whale Surface and Swallow Two Kayakers Whole… Who Somehow Survive

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Updated: November 10, 2023

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A Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaches out of the Atlantic Ocean. This endangered cetacean species migrates from the Northern Atlantic to the Caribbean each winter to breed or give birth.
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Key Points

  • In the video below, we see an enormous humpback whale surface underneath a kayak and swallow the kayak and the two people in the kayak whole!
  • Humpback whales are omnivores and eat plant matter and animals to maintain their diet.
  • They are not known to aggressively attack humans, or even other animals in the ocean, for that matter. 

One beautiful afternoon close to the mountains, we see a group of people kayaking in the video below. They are in a typical whale-watching spot and are there simply to enjoy nature’s beauty and watch the whales that are swimming around them.

Each kayak has two people, and several kayaks are out enjoying this beautiful view and experience. Several onlookers have their cameras out, recording every whale passing by and taking pictures of their families and friends so they can remember this moment forever.

These people will all remember this experience, not for its beauty but rather its terror.

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Astonished, we hear gasps from people around the water in the video. They are too shocked to even know what to say, let alone do. There was no opportunity for anyone to try and rescue them from any type of danger. The humpback whale gave no warning. 

Not even a few minutes later, the humpback spits the two kayakers out of his large mouth. As if to say he only wanted to prove his strength and show off that this was his territory. 

Are Humpback Whales Aggressive? 

Jump humpback whale. Madagascar

Some humpback whales can jump up to 40 feet out of water.

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Humpback whales are immediately noticed for their enormous physique. That phrase doesn’t quite put the word “enormous” to good use, as a humpback whale can weigh up to 80,000 + lbs and grow to lengths of 60 feet. These whales are intimidating in person, to say the very least. It would be easy to think of them as aggressive creatures. 

Despite the horror, this video clip shows below, humpback whales are actually known for their friendliness and non-aggressive nature. They are not known to aggressively attack humans, or even other animals in the ocean, for that matter. 

Like other animals, in moments when they feel threatened, they will lash out to try and defend themselves. 

What Do Humpback Whales Eat?

Whale Predation

A humpback whale has no teeth!

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Humpback whales are omnivores and eat plant matter and animals to maintain their diet. You will see them eat various foods such as squid, salmon, krill, sea snails, and phytoplankton. 

To maintain such a large size of 40 + tons, they must consume quite a lot to keep up the energy they need to swim. To do this, they must eat between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds daily!
To be able to sustain those eating patterns, humpback whales will often search for schools of fish where they can get giant mouth fulls at a time.

Is it Normal Behavior for Humpback Whales to Eat People?

Animal migration - Humpback whale

Humpback whales do not usually eat humans as their mouths are not meant to eat that type of prey.

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Finding oneself inside a whale’s mouth is an exceedingly rare occurrence, most likely accidental, as humans are not a typical part of a whale’s diet.

Toothed whales, like sperm whales, have teeth and mostly consume prey such as squid and fish, making humans an unlikely target for their feeding behaviors.

Humpback whales, known for their gentle and non-aggressive nature, pose little to no harm to humans. Their inherent curiosity and considerable size might lead them to approach boats at times, but their intentions are generally benign and not a threat to humans.

How Large are Humpback Whales?

Mother whale and her calf splash in the warm Pacific waters as two dolphins join in on then fun.

Whales, like these Humpbacks, travel in groups.

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Humpback whales are one of the larger members of the Rorqual family, with adult females averaging 49 feet and weighing approximately 35 tons, while the males are usually slightly smaller. They are ranked in the top ten largest whales in the world and the largest humpback whale ever recorded was 89 feet long and weighed 90 tons.


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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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