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21/03/2014 08:50 GMT | Updated 21/03/2014 11:59 GMT

Whale 'Flies' Towards Boat In Incredible Picture Snapped In Maui

This incredible picture captured the moment a whale came flying towards a boat of stunned spectators.

Whale watchers near Maui were given quite the thrill when a curious humpback got almost a little too close for comfort.

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The chance encounter was posted online, with many commenting that the massive creature appeared to be "putting on a show."

Thousands of humpback whales migrate to Maui each winter, with the area being the principal mating and calving area of humpback whales in the United States.

One of the most famous migrating whales is the humpback Migaloo – Australia's most well known whale.

When he was first sighted he was the only known all white whale in the world.

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