It’s not quite the ice bucket challenge that so captured the American public’s attention a couple years ago to benefit the ALS Association (it was easy, stupid, and who doesn’t want to see their friends and family doused with ice water), but there is an effort out there to bring awareness to the national problem of veteran suicide using the same idea.
Since 22 veterans die from self-inflicted wounds daily, usually due to suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the challengee does 22 push-ups video taped and posted online to raise awareness for the issue. One man wanted to add some excitement to his effort, and went with a friend out into the open ocean to do his push-ups on a kayak. Well, it seems that marine life is a bit curious. They got a visit from some sea creatures.
Two humpback whales (big suckers with barnacles on the flukes) came to check out what the heck was going on.
YouTuber was filming his friend Mike Pelayo on day nine of the 22 Pushup Challenge in order to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention. …
But halfway through his set, two humpback whales decided that they wanted to be the center of attention and breached just a few feet away from Pelayo.
Can you say MASSIVE PHOTOBOMB? Check it out:
Looking closely in the background, one can see some sea lions also investigating the kayak, as well as all those sea gulls. What results is a video for the 22 Push-Up Challenge that is sure to help spread the word of this endeavor. From the 22Kill.com website:
Help us reach our goal to get 22 Million pushups – To honor those who serve and to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention through education and empowerment. Every pushup counts so don’t be shy to show your support for our veterans. You can do as many or few pushups as you can or choose. Whether it’s 1 or 100 in a row, we will accept them however they come. They can be assisted (on your knees), incline (on a desk/wall), or if you physically are unable to do any, we’ll even take air pushups. They all count towards the goal…
Instructions for participation at www.22kill.com.