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I kissed A Whale, And I liked It: Woman’s Peck For Friendly Mammal

Kiss on the nose ... grey whale gets peck from woman Barcroft Media A WOMAN plants a kiss on a...

Kiss on the nose ... grey whale gets peck from woman
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A WOMAN plants a kiss on a 30-tonne grey whale after the giant mammal swims up to her boat.

The tourist was with a group of whale watchers as the friendly mother rose to the surface with her curious calf.

The 40ft creature stunned the guests by drifting in for the kiss and a few pats.

The heart-warming photographs were captured by Justin Hofman off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.

Friendly encounter ... mother whale gets patted by tourist
Friendly encounter ... mother whale gets patted by tourist
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Mr Hofman, from California, said: “This is the most amazing wildlife encounter on the planet. It’s impossible not to smile and laugh at these incredible whales.

“There are lots of grey whales that are friendly and seek out contact, not just one individual.”

He added: “It’s a very powerful experience when a whale is looking into you.

Whale of a time ... it's a once-in-a-life experience for boat group
Whale of a time ... it's a once-in-a-life experience for boat group
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“The number one comment I hear afterwards, besides that they feel so weird and rubbery, is that people say the whale looked right at them.

“People walk away fundamentally changed after an experience like this.”

Grey whales migrate more than 5,000 miles from their summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Okhotsk seas of the Arctic.
Stunning ... mammal off the coast of Mexico
Stunning ... mammal off the coast of Mexico
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They use the relatively warm waters off Mexico to give birth, mate and nurse their newborns.

The naturally curious species has made a dramatic recovery since it was nearly hunted to extinction in the early part of the 20th century.

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