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THE OCEAN — Whale watching tours give people the unique opportunity to see the huge mammals in their natural habitat. The animals are large, powerful and beautiful, but this one may have gotten a little too close for comfort.
This boat was off the coast of Gustavus, Alaska, looking for whales when the tour thought they got a great look at one off in the distance. All of the attention is on the whale breaching maybe 100 to 200 yards away when another whale breaches right in front of their boat. It's almost like watching a monster movie considering how badly the whale makes everyone on the boat — and everyone watching — jump. My heart stopped for a moment so I can't imagine the feeling everyone on the tour had.
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After the whale breached, it then splashed back down and totally soaked everyone watching. So now all the tourists are enjoying a near cardiac arrest while being soaked in cold water. Sounds like a real treat. I'm kidding, but I think the heart palpitations and the hypothermia may have been worth it to see a whale that close.
Watch the video, book a ticket to Alaska and make sure to pack a dry pair of clothes and a travel-size defibrillator.