SANTA BARBARA (CBSLA) — Hump day had a very different meaning for the passengers on a whale watching trip out of Santa Barbara.

A humpback whale got up close and personal with folks on a Condor Express Whale Watching trip over the weekend. The whale and its partner approached the boat as the passengers looked on – and recorded the encounter on their phones.

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The whale at one point went right up to the boat, rolling to apparently wave its fin at its audience. Its partner blew air from its blowhole from a slightly further distance away.

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“There is nothing like having a 30-ton animal lock eyes with you,” Condor Express Whale Watching posted on its Facebook page.

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Encounters like this are rare, according to the whale watching company.