Navigating a flimsy little canoe through icy waters is scary enough... but when massive sea creatures start messing with you, I'm thinking it's time to paddle for shore. Fast.
This surreal helmet-cam clip, shot in northern Norway by Berthold Hinrichs, shows his tiny kayak navigating the fjords when a gigantic whale decides to do some people-watching for a change.
“I did not paddle onto the whale,” Hinrichs explains on his YouTube channel. It surfaced right on my side.” However, another whale surfaced directly beneath his boat. “I was on the back of it,” he says.
I'm not sure what's more unsettling – the appearance of the whale just a few feet off the kayak's bow (and the cresting wave that nearly flips it over), or Hinrichs's nonchalant attitude about the whole thing; instead of screaming and shouting obscenities in horror, he just mutters a few words, watches the behemoth depart, then continues on his merry way.