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.

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.