Whale's tail slaps girl in face

Sam Downing, ninemsn
12:16pm February 25, 2014
February 25, 2014: The moment a whale thrashing in the ocean slapped a girl in the face with its tail has been caught on camera by a whale watcher.

The saying "whale of a tail" has never seemed so appropriate.

A not-so-gentle giant of the deep struck Canadian woman Chelsea Crawford in the face with one of its flukes while she was whale-watching off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, on Sunday.

The video was recorded by Crawford's friend Jordyn Rivet, a fellow member of a four-month development program run by Canadian charity LiveDifferent.

The up-close footage of the whale would already have been remarkable even if it hadn't, uh, tried to wave hello to the young women.

According to Rivet's description of the video on YouTube, Crawford was "fine" after the whale's rough greeting.

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