By Jessica Plautz
August 18, 2016

Experienced whale watchers will tell you to keep about 100 meters—330 feet—between yourself and a whale. But that doesn't mean whales got the same memo.

Which is how a few kayakers got up close and personal with a humpback whale in British Columbia recently.

“While observing a mother Humpback nursing her calf from a safe distance away, the whales finish up and dove down,” Wildcoast Adventures wrote about the YouTube video. “What happened next took everyone by surprise.”

Humpbacks are just one of the marine mammals visitors to British Columbia have the chance to see.

“There's not a whole lot you can do when the humpbacks decide they're going to move,” Heather Lawrence, one of those who recorded the whale, told CBC in Canada. “Luckily it all went well and we had a huge thrill.”