updated 01/16/2014 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/16/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
Hinrichs was kayaking near Senja, Norway, on Jan. 10, flanked by a group of orca and humpback whales. “They were hunting herring and they are very careful not to harm you one humpback came up just beside me [then] I was completely on the back of him,” Hinrichs said. Hinrichs displays a remarkable presence of mind in the video: Were it us in this scenario, we’d probably react with some kind of Jerry Lewis-esque screaming fit.
But then again, some are born whales, some go on whale watches, and some have whales thrust upon them. It’s all in how you deal with it.
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