VIDEO: Surfer Has Close Encounter with Humpback Whales
Humpback whales surface off Santa Cruz (Courtesy Barbara Roettger)
In the video posted to YouTube, two humpback whales surface with mouths open as they go after a school of anchovies.
You see the bait fish scatter in a panic, and then the whales crash up like a surfacing submarine.
Seagulls then descend on the spot to see if there's anything left over for them.
It was a close call, but the surfer -- and two kayakers who were nearby -- were not hurt.
The whales have been feeding off Santa Cruz lately, and a little closer to land than usual.