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Whale encounter captured on camera

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ROCKY POINT, Mexico -

It may be the most memorable vacation after a group of friends saw what might have been a whale off the coast of Rocky Point hit a fishing boat.

People in the area have been seeing the whales for about a week now, but it was on Friday that something amazing happened.

Gillie Panasewicz and some of her friends were on a 38-foot catamaran and witnessed what looked like a humpback whale or fin whale hit a fishing boat.

The boat almost capsized.

Gillie says it looked like a mother and baby on a gorgeous day -- jumping, playing and showing off -- then something happened that she'll probably never forget.

"We saw a Mexican fishing boat..it was coming into shore and it was well loaded and obviously the bow was up and they couldn't really see where they were going and just as they were heading in, the whale came out of the water and they just collided completely..just smack..it was a very loud crash," explained Gillie.

"There was a couple of times when the whale came really close to our boat, in fact one of the times, it felt like she slightly nudged us, and we thought oh, wow..hope she doesn't decide to go up underneath us."

The fortunate thing here is that no one was hurt.  The boat was slightly damaged.

Video: FOX 10's Syleste Rodriguez reports.

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