I was one of the kayakers nearly crushed by a humpback whale, and I can’t stop thinking about the moment it appeared from nowhere – then suddenly changed course

For the last few days I have been kept awake, and looking up in the dark I see the whale again. The barnacles on its skin, the grooves on its throat, its bigness. I try to comprehend the forces it used to throw itself into the air and which released when it crashed back down. My friend, Charlotte Kinloch, who was in the kayak with me, that morning has been kept awake with the same image – the whale hovering above our beds.

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Source: Guardian Environment