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Top 5 videos of the week: Amazing footage from long lost weather ballon; lucky kayakers' brush with death as whale lands on them

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 September, 2015, 3:34pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 September, 2015, 9:27am

Every weekend, the South China Morning Post presents its top video picks from and the web, highlighting news, features, mini-documentaries and more.

This week, we bring you wonderful space footage from a long lost weather balloon and a fantastic video of a pro BMX rider's journey through New York, showing the city in a way you've never seen before.  

Amazing space footage from a long lost weather balloon 

Two years ago, aerospace systems engineer Bryan Chan and his friends launched a weather balloon equipped with a GoPro and a cellphone, into space. 

They released the balloon near the Grand Canyon and were curious to see what video they could retrieve once the camera fell back to earth. But, they couldn't find the balloon as they had planned. 

Two years later, an Arizona hiker found it and the camera and managed to contact one of Chan's friends.

Finally, the team were united with the long lost ballon and the video they uncovered exceeded all their expectations. This video here shows their launch preparations and of course the short journey into outer space. 

Pro BMX rider flims his crazy journey through New York

In this amazing video called 'GO! New York City', professional BMX rider Nigel Sylvester filmed himself riding through the streets of the fast-paced metropolis, giving us a first-person view of what it's like to ride a bike in the city.

The Queens-born star rides at pace through Brooklyn and Manhattan, on the Brooklyn Bridge, in Central Park and near the Flatiron Building. 

He is also shown riding through a shop, riding the subway, hopping over a taxi's bonnet and even into a helicopter. Check out the video and let Sylverster take you on an amazing journey!

Massive humpback whale almost crushed kayakers

In California, two kayakers had a near death experience with...a humpback whale. How often can you write a sentence like that? 

Anyway, the kayakers -- visiting from the UK -- seemed to be minding their own business when all of the sudden the mammal breached and landed on top of them.

A whale-watcher with Sanctuary Cruises captured the scene on camera. 

At first, the whale-watcher was so excited with having recorded the breach that he exclaimed, "I got him!", but then realised two people may have just been crushed to death.  

One of the kayakers later told The Telegraph, “It felt like being in an avalanche, like a bus landing on us,” Luckily, the only damage it caused was a dent in the British couple’s rented kayak.

Meet these Nepalese bodybuilders who are fighting negative racial stereotyping in Hong Kong

These descendents of Gurkhas, members of the Hong Kong Nepalese Bodybuilding Association, hope their demanding hobby can inspire other young Nepalis and help overcome negative racial stereotyping in the city. spent some time with these super-fit guys and learned how they are serving their close-knit community by serving as role models. They make Hans and Franz look like "girlie men."

Scuffle breaks out in Japan's parliament over controversial bill

Japanese lawmakers scuffled during a heated debate Thursday over a controversial security bill. In scenes uncommon for Japan’s normally sedate parliament, members of the opposition and the ruling coalition pushed and shoved each other as a committee chairman was surrounded.

The bill was eventually approved and it could allow Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since the second world war.