Erika Owen

You've seen whales frolicking in the ocean from above, but you (probably) haven't seen a whale breach right next to a paddleboarder who was completely not expecting it. This footage was taken from Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, California. The most amazing part of the video is that the paddleboarder was able to keep steady with all of this going on. According to Aysean Beauchamp, who recorded the video, the paddleboarder tried to keep up with the whale as it swam away (with no success). Check out the video above.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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