Khloé Kardashian has conquered Instagram trolls and sibling rivalry, but there’s still one thing that scares her more than anything else: whales.
This character quirk was revealed on the Season 4 premiere of The Kardashians, during which the family takes a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Khloé’s sister Kim Kardashian first brings up the topic, when she asks the staff at their vacation house if whales can be seen from the balcony. Khloé reacts immediately.
“I’m really freaking out, he said they come close to the shore?” she says. “Oh my God, I feel like I’m gonna cry.” Her sisters then gently encourage her to look for whales, which doesn’t help matters. “Why is this whale season? Like, what are they doing? Mating?” she asks. “And why do they come to the shore? That is way too close [for] my comfort.”
And then, the unthinkable happens: A whale jumps out of the ocean. Khloé tries to deny the animal’s presence at first, saying it’s just “really choppy water,” but it soon rears its head again.
“Isn’t it so cute?” Kim yells at the others, and all of the sisters begin gushing over the sighting — well, all except one. “Oh my God, that was actually terrible,” Khloé says. “Oh, it came out of the water.”
It’s an admittedly uncommon fear, and even Khloé’s mom, Kris Jenner, finds it confusing. “I can’t quite figure out where Khloé got this fear of whales — the thought of a whale, the glance of a whale, the conversation of a whale,” she says in a confessional. “It had to have been somewhere in her childhood that I went really, really wrong somehow. I’m so sorry, Khloé.”
For her part, Khloé’s 5-year-old daughter, True Thompson, thinks it’s all pretty funny — and even “bullies” her mom for being afraid of whales. “She draws photos of whales just to f*ck with me and she thinks it’s so funny,” Khloé says on the show.
In her confessional, Khloé attempts to explain herself, pointing to a November 2020 incident in which two kayakers paddling around California’s San Luis Obispo Bay ended up in a humpback whale’s mouth. “You didn’t hear about the couple that got swallowed up by the f*cking whale and then spit back out ‘cause it was an accident? Uh uh,” she remarked. “This thing is so big that you don’t see it coming. There’s no ripples, there’s no warning. That’s weird.”
But Khloé’s fear of whales clearly dates back to well before 2020. In 2016, she shared a fun fact from a Snapple bottle cap on Facebook, which stated that a blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car. “Exactly why I don't f*ck with whales,” she captioned the post.