... not kiting and not a whale but a pair of dugongs while windsurfing.
Flying along doing mach 9 and sailing into a sunset, couldn't really see much. Hit a wave and did a jump, 2m or so. Doing nose landings on my pole board back then, as I look down at the peak of the jump to spot my landing, I see 2 dugongs right below me in my landing spot so I immediately flung the board and rig away from me and splash landed into the water. Gear was the other side of the dugongs and I really wasn't sure what to do then, swim for it, and would they get angry, dunno. They eventually swam away and I grabbed my gear thanking my lucky stars I didn't land on them.