Kayaker Encounters Humpback Whales Off Irish Coast

A kayaker enjoyed a close encounter with two humpback whales off the south Irish coast on April 29.

Paul Cleary told Storyful the pair circled his kayak while he was paddling offshore in west Cork.

“They seemed very curious as to what I was,” he said. “They came very close but not so much as to put me in danger.”

His video shows the whales moving around and under his kayak. Credit: Paul Cleary via Storyful