Divers Almost Eaten By Whales Off The California Coast
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This video is getting a lot of national attention with over 5.5 million views on YouTube! WARNING: Video contains some graphic language.
While Diving Souza Rock on the Central California Coast divers Shawn Stamback and Francis Antigua got too close for comfort when some HumpBack Whales surfaced just a few feet from where they were swimming and nearly escaped being eaten as a snack.
From Science Recorder:
"Weighing up to 40 tons, humpback whales feed on shrimp-like krill and schooling baitfish like sardines. Given their vast size, they must take in vast amounts of fish, expelling the excess seawater through their baleen plates. As it stands, boaters are advised to stay at least 100 yards away from whales. It is against the law to harass or influence the behavior of any marine mammals, including whales.
"After reviewing the video, mammal expert, Monica DeAngelis, of the National Marine Fisheries Service, said it was unclear based on the footage whether the divers were violating any laws, though it was clear the boat was closer than the 100 yard recommended guidelines. She added that the divers were very lucky no one got hurt."