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Blue whale has close encounter with Dana Point passengers

October 25, 2011 |  9:29 am

Passengers aboard a boat out of Dana Point got an up-close look at a blue whale when the giant mammal approached the vessel head-on and swam alongside the craft, KTLA is reporting.

The encounter was captured on video during the Friday afternoon outing with "Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari.'

The boat was stopped when the whale approached and viewers observing the underwater pod also got a close-up look as the giant mammal swam just a few feet away from the vessel.

"You can even see the eye," Capt. Dave Anderson said in an email, calling the encounter the closest he has ever had with a blue whale.

"We have had the best blue whale watching that I have ever seen in the last four days.... It has been virtually impossible to not see a blue whale or fin whale in any direction," Anderson said.

"Most of them are lunge-feeding right at the surface...and we have had several of them approach the boat to everyone's delight," he said.

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-- KTLA

Video: Blue whale passes alongside boat filled with passengers. Credit: Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari

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