The stunned pair were left gobsmacked as the whales rose out of the water between their kayaks.Erik said: "We had hoped to see some whales during the challenge - but we didn't expect them to be this close-up. "We found ourselves in the middle of a feeding frenzy with 10 whales, 20 dolphins and about a hundred seals.But he never expected he would be joined by the large whales.
The whales gatecrashed Mike Pelayo as friends recorded video of him taking part in the 22 Push-Up Challenge off the coast of California.
"Our friends and family thought it was really fun and exciting when we showed them the video." The 22 Push-Up Challenge began in the military and swept across social-media platforms including Facebook and Instagram this summer.
Participants record video of themselves doing the puish-ups and nominating a friend or family member to do the same.
While most people complete the social media challenge - which calls on them to complete 22 push-ups every day for 22 days - at home, Mike decided to find a more exciting venue.
He came up with the quirky idea of completing the daily task, aimed at raising awareness for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, on a kayak.The Thames Path is altogether easier if the Thames stays off the Path.