Humpback whales are peaceful creatures. Let's just get that out of the way right now. But they are also massive creatures, and when these kayakers wandered into a feeding zone just off of Moss Landing in Monterey, California, they nearly paid the ultimate price. Obviously the whale had no idea what was happening here (you know, because it's a whale), but as human beings with a theoretical capacity for logic, we should take this as lesson to give these 40-ton seabeasts a wider berth when joining them at the proverbial dinner table.

Looking for a way to spice up that morning paddle? Take a cue from this very lucky gentleman, who, while out for a leisurely paddle board session in Oceanside, California, was nearly struck by a breaching Humpback Whale. In the end, he walked away with one hell of a story and 15 minutes of internet fame, but needless to say, this could have gone much, much worse.