Do killer whales attack kayakers?
Killer whales in the wild do not attack people, but that doesn’t mean it would not be scary to be closely approached by one of the apex predators while paddling a kayak.
Is kayak Whale Watching safe?
The good news is that it’s very safe to be around whales while kayaking. While whales are very large animals and can be intimidating—especially when kayakers are in close proximity with these mammals—they are also highly intelligent and very agile, which allows them to navigate around kayaks and avoid any collisions.
What to do if you see a whale while kayaking?
Get Out of Their Way
Be sure to look in all directions. If a whale approaches close, stop paddling and let the animal pass. If you need to move around, do it from behind the whale and avoid sudden changes in directions.
How close can you get to a whale in a kayak?
An approach distance of 400 meters for whales, dolphins and porpoises species endangered or threatened under the Species at Risk Act, including beluga whales and blue whales. For whales, dolphins and porpoises species that are neither endangered nor threatened, a general minimum approach distance of 100 meters applies.
Where can you kayak with whales?
Maui, Hawaii. The world’s number one destination for kayak whale encounters is the island of Maui. Each year, as many as 10,000 humpback whales travel south from the arctic to breed, birth and nurse newborns in Hawaiian waters.
Do orcas tip kayaks?
Orcas are incredibly smart, observant, and remarkably agile for their size. They never bump into kayaks or act aggressive in any way. They simply go about their business as we respectfully enjoy their company from our raft of sea kayaks.