BAJA, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Baja resident Chelsea Crawford was celebrating her 20th birthday on a whale-watching tour off the coast of Southern California when one of the world's largest mammals got up close and personal, smacking Crawford on the top of the head with its giant tail.
"We were about to leave and I said, 'Aww, man, I didn’t get to pet one,'" she said. That's when one of the humpback whales splashing nearby reared up its tail and plopped it on Crawford's noggin.
Crawford said she didn't sense any aggression from the whale. “The whale was just playing and its tail came up."
"I was expecting more fish characteristics, but it was really hard," Crawford added. The young Canadian was not badly injured, but did suffer a bruise, sore shoulder and a bit of momentary shock.
She and whale have earned more than 800,000 hits on YouTube in the three days since she posted the video.