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Humpback Whale Hits Couple's Canoe on Whale Watching Adventure in Hawaii [VIDEO]

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Feb 07, 2013 04:56 PM EST

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An Arizona couple got the shock of a lifetime on a whale-watching adventure in Hawaii when a humpback whale almost capsized their canoe.

Laurent Lebihan and his girlfriend decided to get an up-close look at the creatures by taking out a canoe. They were a few hundred yards off the coast of Maui when a whale suddenly swam into their boat.

Lebihan had a camera on him and caught the outing on video. The video shows his girlfriend staring out into the water when suddenly something hits the canoe. That something was a ginormous humpback whale which is seen when it breaks the surface.

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Lebihan's girlfriend screams ans the animal leaps out of the water and shifts the canoe.

Lebihan can be heard screaming "Oh my God, wow!" in the background.

As the whale crashes back into the water, the canoe continues to rock by it's waves.

Neither Lebihan, his girlfriend or the whale seemed to be hurt.
Lebihan posted the video to YouTube, with the title "Humpback whale gives our canoe a love tap!"
"We were out whale watching and totally caught off guard. Good thing it was an adolescent whale and nothing bad happened," he wrote in the description of the video.
A user commented on the video, saying "Laurent - that must have been a real scare! But amazing to be that close to such a beautiful, powerful animal."
Lebihan replied saying, "Actually, it all happened so quick that shock factor wasn't immediate. I'm surprised I held onto the camera and followed him. They are definitely amazing animals for the split second we saw that one up close."

The YouTube video has been viewed more than 490,000 times and has over 120 comments.

To see the video, watch below:

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