Wow! Humpback Whale Surprises Boaters

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(CNN) A truly close encounter off the California coast.

Photos, taken by an amateur photographer, captured a humpback whale surfacing amid boaters and paddle boarders near San Luis Obispo in central California.

Humpback whales are often seen in the area around this time of year. But rarely are they seen coming out of the water in such a dramatic fashion.

Watch above for the incredible pictures!