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DANA POINT ( — Passengers on a whale-watching trip Monday off the Orange County coast got a rare treat – a “high five” from a humpback whale.

The whale was lob-tailing, or lifting its tail out of the water and slapping it against the surface of the water. The move sometimes produces a very loud sound.

humpback high five Humpback Whale Gives High Five Off Coast Of Dana Point

A humpback whale gives a “high five” to whale watchers off Dana Point. (credit: Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching)

The sighting was made aboard the Ocean Adventures catamaran, and a spokesperson for the company says they see less than a dozen of these endangered animals a year.


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