Two kayaking brothers shared their incredible encounter with migrating whales that rolled about in the water just feet away in an unforgettable moment many would krill for.
Bill and Tom Chater, 40 and 41, from Stanley, Falkland Islands, paddled half a mile from shore to view the magnificent 50-foot-long and 60-tonne sea creatures.
The brothers say they were within hand’s reach of one of the South Right whales and watched in awe as another majestically splashed its rear fin out of the water.
Despite the whales living off plankton, krill and copepods, they say the experience was ‘daunting’ due their size but that it was an ‘unforgettable’ experience.
Bill, a trainee helicopter pilot, said: ‘It was very exciting, something I have always hoped to be able to do.
‘The reality is a bit more daunting as these beasts are about fifty feet long and weigh 60 tons.
‘We were half a mile offshore with these monsters of the deep and very cold sea temperatures and were well aware of an increased wind being forecast and no other boats nearby.
‘I could have touched the one that approached my kayak and Tom had one about six feet under his kayak with a second one coming straight towards him.
‘They eat krill so we had no concerns initially over our safety however they are big.
‘Their behaviour suggested courtship as they were very active in the water although we never saw any hard evidence of this.
Bill and Tom Chater, 40 and 41, from Stanley, Falkland Islands, paddled half a mile from shore to view the magnificent 50-foot-long and 60-tonne sea creatures
This map shows the humpback whale’s migratory path past the Falklands. Humpbacks are a species of baleen whale. They migrate to cold water to feed and warmer water to give birth
This image shows a pygmy right whale, which is a member of the baleen whale family
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