H-CENTRAL COAST

Jul 22, 2013 7:50 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Whales back off Avila and amazing video to prove it!

Last August locals in San Luis Obispo County went nuts when humpback whales put on a four day show in Port San Luis just up the road from Avila Beach. Schools of krill fish were in the area drawing the whales close to shore to feed. All summer long this year locals have been wondering if it will happen again. It appears it has already started! This past Saturday Shawn Stamback of San Luis Obispo was diving with his buddies Jeremy Bonnett of Los Osos, Francis Antigua of San Luis Obispo, and Jay Hebrard of Atascadero when they got more action from the sea than they ever anticipated. Stamback works for Carson Porter divers and he and his group were diving around Souza rock (about 2 miles off Port San Luis) for Stamback's website slodivers.com. Port San luis is where the whales played, fed and put on a show late last summer. Stamback is the guy in the video wearing red and was shooting video underwater. His buddy Hebrard was shooting from above and trying to get some shots of some whales off in the distance. Stamback says they were in about 130-140 feet of water with very bad visability when a school of krill came toward him. He says while he was shooting that below, Hebrard got the shot of the two Humpbacks surfacing just feet from them. Stamback says they see whales all the time, but NEVER thought the mammals would get that close to them or visa-versa. "I tell you what, I'm going to think twice about diving with visability of only 3-4 feet. If I had known they were that close, it may not have scared me so badly, but you had to drop to 50 to 60 feet to see much, and when it happens that fast, that close...well it's not on my list of things I want to do again." he says. "I am kind of a mellow adreneline junkie, so the rush was nice once we knew we were safe." he said. "It was nice to have it, but it was a reminder, you are out there in the wild, and you better watch out" Click HERE to see the amazing video.

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