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Whale watchers have a close call with humpback whale in Alaska

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Raw video: Humpback whale soaks whale watchers

Whale watchers experience close encounter with a humpback whale in the vicinity of Pleasant Island, Alaska.

Call it a close encounter of the dorsal fin and type.

A group of whale watchers in Alaska had a brush with a huge humpback whale on Monday, while in the vicinity of Pleasant Island, located near Juneau.

Tristan Krause told Storyful he was enjoying a whale watching tour when he and his fellow passengers experienced a close encounter with a humpback whale.

Without any warning, the large humpback whale leap out of the water before crashing down in the near of the boat, enjoying everyone on board. No injuries reported, according to KTUU.

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Humpback whales can weigh 40 tons and are about the size of a school bus, according to National Geographic.

Humpback whales can weigh up to 40 tons, according to National Geographic.

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Besides the fact that is known for their whale songs, the whales are also powerful swimmers that use their massive tail fin, known as a fluke, to propel themselves through the water.

“These whales, like others, regularly leap from the water, landing with a huge splash,” National Geographic notes. “Scientists are not sure whether this breach of conduct should be a goal, such as cleaning pests from the whale’s skin, or whales just do it for fun.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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