Amazing story and footage from off the coast of California recently.
Published on Jul 20, 2013
While Diving Souza Rock on the Central california Coast Divers have a close call with HumpBack Whales.
Camera men: Jay Hebrard Francis Antigua Jeremy Bonnett Shawn Stamback
Aboard the Dive boat “Magic” of SLODIVERS
The CBC version of the story Divers almost swallowed by whales – Whales were using lunge feeding technique (after the commercial) offers a little more commentary.
Vancouver whale researcher Chad Nordstrom said the whales were using a predatory technique called lunge feeding.
“They circle down below a bait ball — a group of small schooling fish,” he said.
“And they come up below the animals and use those huge throat pleats that they have to engulf a whole series of water and fish all at the same time.”
Nordstrom said he’s seen whales use this feeding technique off the B.C. coast, but usually from a distance.
“It’s the first time I have ever heard of or seen anyone that close while they were in the water.”