Small fishing boat has close encounter with whales


AVILA BEACH, Calif. — A video of divers off the California coast nearly getting swallowed by humpback whales last weekend is getting national attention.

A Bakersfield fisherman was there and witnessed the whole thing and had a close encounter of the deep sea kind of his own.

Warren Peterson, his wife, and a friend were on the water Saturday when he said they all likely had a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Fishing off Avila Beach, the group thought they were whale watching from a far, when they realized the whales were right underneath them.

“Yeah, I mean my knees were knocking,” said Peterson.

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