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"I'm dead": video shows heart-stopping experience of two kayakers

Avila Beach, California - Two kayakers stared deep into the belly of a massive humpback whale as they were almost swallowed off the coast of Avila Beach, California.

The woman were paddling together moments before the whale appears.
The woman were paddling together moments before the whale appears.  © YouTube/Screenshot/Whales of the World

Julie McSorley and Liz Cottriel were watching humpback whales on Monday afternoon when they suddenly noticed a big school of fish, according to The Sun.

A video of the incident, uploaded by Whales of the World on YouTube, shows the two women paddling on calm waters near other kayakers off the shore, when suddenly a whale surfaces from underneath them and catches their kayak in its mouth.

The footage appears to show the kayakers being swallowed by the gigantic animal.

Fortunately, it looked much worse than it was: the two just capsized and swam up again moments laters. Even their kayaks survived unscathed.

Suddenly the humpback whale surfaced.
Suddenly the humpback whale surfaced.  © YouTube/Screenshot/Whales of the World
The whale looked like it was about to gulp up the kayaks.
The whale looked like it was about to gulp up the kayaks.  © YouTube/Screenshot/Whales of the World

"I'm dead, I'm dead"

Happy to be alive: Elizabeth Newman Cottriel and Julie McSorley (r.).
Happy to be alive: Elizabeth Newman Cottriel and Julie McSorley (r.).  © Facebook/Screenshots/Elizabeth Newman Cottriel/Julie McSorley

Speaking to KSBY News, Julie McSorley said: "It happened so fast." 

"All of a sudden it completely lifted up out of the water and I just dumped in the water and I was down," she continued.

"I'm thinking, 'I'm dead. I'm dead.' I thought it was gonna land on me," Cottriel told KMPH

"Next thing I know, I'm under water," she added.

When the pair got back to the car, they said "a bunch of fish" came out of their outfits. 

But McSorley was happy she had only lost her car keys during the shocking incident, as it could easily have been their lives. 

Cover photo: YouTube/Screenshots/Whales of the World

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