Close encounter with humpback whale terrifies — and delights — B.C. family

A B.C. family had a thrilling experience off the coast of Vancouver Island when a humpback whale spent almost an hour rubbing up against their boat, spinning around, and flapping its fins. 

Aleks Mount was whale watching with his family on Tuesday, northeast of Campbell River, when the whale got friendly. 

When they first spotted the humpback about 100 metres away, Mount said he immediately shut off his engine, intending to keep his distance.

But the whale dove underwater only to resurface less than a minute later below their boat. 

Mount said he and his family were at first terrified of the creature, which he described as the size of a school bus. 

“All it

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