Whale watchers near Victoria were given quite the thrill on Monday when a curious humpback whale got almost a little too close for comfort.
Jim Maya, who runs Maya's Westside Whale Watch Charters on San Juan Island in Washington state, had taken out a group of tourists in Haro Strait when they spotted a humpback whale near D'Arcy Island, east of Vancouver Island.
told CBC News."A fairly young female, perhaps five years old, I don't think it was fully grown yet, she just stayed around the boat for an hour swimming underneath the boat, spy-hopping next to us, looking at us," Maya
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The whale, nicknamed Wendy, then disappeared from sight — only to reappear closer than ever.
"We saw its fluke as it went underneath the boat, and of course everyone was thrilled, amazed, a little concerned," Maya said.
"She was under us...all around us...more than once her head was on the starboard side while her tail was on the port side! — Scary!" Hyde blogged about the encounter, calling the whale-watching adventure "amazing."
Maya believes Wendy the Whale will soon be heading to Hawaii, where humpbacks gather to breed every winter.