Two humpback whales breach and swim around fishing boat near Nanaimo

Click to play video: 'Close encounter with humpback whales off coast of Nanaimo'
Close encounter with humpback whales off coast of Nanaimo
ABOVE: Watch the full encounter with the whales – Jan 2, 2016

WARNING: Some strong language around the 1:08 mark.

Two adult humpback whales delighted a group aboard a fishing boat off the coast of Nanaimo recently and the video is getting a lot of attention online.

B.C. resident Kyle Noble posted the video on his Facebook page on Jan. 1 and it has more than 159,000 views.

The two whales get very close to the Lil Nib fishing boat, swimming around and under the boat, and then breaching beside it.

The delighted watchers on board, including a dog, can hardly believe their eyes as the whales are so close they can see the barnacles clinging to their bodies.

The video lasts about five minutes.



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