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Hey Mike, Be Careful on that Kayak

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This is what you call, Too close for comfort.

Alaska one in a billion photo.


The photo was taken at the entrance to Katlian Bay at the end of the road in Sitka, Alaska.....

The whale is coming up to scoop up a mouthful of herring......... (the small fish seen at the surface around the kayak). The kayaker is a local Sitka Dentist. He apparently didn't sustain any injuries from the terrifying experience. The whale was just around the corner from the ferry terminal, and all the kayaker could think at that moment in time was: "Paddle Man - really fast!"


The whale's mouth is fully open with the bottom half under the boat. If the whale had closed his mouth before he furiously paddled away - He might have been LUNCH!!!

Look at the picture again - He is in the whale’s MOUTH!

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I think that would end my kayaking career... wow that is intense.

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That is truly amazing. Picture of a lifetime for the photographer and a milestone event for the Dentist.....Who knows what the whales is thinking....Maybe telling his buds... you should have seen the one that got away!

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Guys ... That Stka Alaska picture has been around for years ... although a sensational picture it is photo shopped as are a lot of other sensational photos on the internet. My most recent trip to NH and Maine back in June had a chance for some excitement when we paddled into a small pod of seals off the coast of Maine around Boothbay. We kept looking around for sharks ... fortunately none appeared and the seals were safe for that day! :)

Mike F

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