Updated: Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012, 9:24 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012, 6:51 AM EDT
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (CNN) - A truly close encounter off the California coast.
These photos, taken by an amateur photographer, capture a humpback whale surfacing amid boaters and paddle boarders near San Luis Obispo in California.
Humpback whales are often seen in the area around this time of year, but rarely are they seen coming out of the water in such a dramatic fashion.
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