A father and daughter experienced the thrill of a lifetime when they were approached by humpback whales while in a canoe near Fraser Island off Queensland, Australia. (Note: this footage is from September but a more recent pirated version--now offline--had put this incredible event back in the news.)
The footage shows how amazingly close this encounter became, and the girl's reaction--as much a highlight as the whale footage--reveals that she was both awe-stricken and, understandably, nervous.
Humpback whales, which can measure to about 50 feet and weigh as much as 40 tons, are famously curious toward boaters and are known to approach and even nudge passenger vessels. But to experience a visit like this while aboard a canoe?
The girl's initial response says it all: "O ... M ... G!"