Humpback Whale Lands on Top of Kayakers Off California

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A humpback whale breaches before landing on a pair of British kayakers. Sanctuary Cruises/YouTube

A large humpback whale jumped out of the water and landed on a pair of British kayakers on vacation in Moss Landing, central California, on Saturday. The duo were knocked out of the kayak and pushed into the water by the huge beast but were miraculously uninjured, according to The Telegraph.

A passenger aboard a whale-watching ship, part of a company called Sanctuary Tours, shot the video below of the event unfolding.

Humpback whales can weigh up to 40 tons, and this one was nearly full-sized. "It felt like being in an avalanche, like a bus landing on us," one of the kayakers told The Telegraph. Luckily, the only damage it caused was a dent in the British couple's rented kayak.

Breaching whales have damaged or sunk ships before. In 2012, a large whale sunk a 50-foot boat off Mexico; the California man captaining the vessel survived. A 33-foot southern right whale landed atop a South African yacht in 2010, damaging the boat.