Diver almost crashes into huge baby humpback whale in close encounter on holiday

A diver was filmed having an incredible close encounter with a baby whale after it swam up to the water surface and nearly collided with her.

Yanna Xian, 24, and her boyfriend, Mitch Brown, 27, were on a whale-spotting tour when they were having a holiday in Mo'Orea of the French Polynesia in September.

Video taken by Mitch shows the two-week-old baby humpback whale closing the distance on Yanna before descending into the sea.

Due to its massive size and the movement of the water, it nearly pulls her with it, forcing Yanna to frantically swim upwards to keep herself from descending.

Yanna quickly swims back with her hands instead of feet so she could avoid kicking the whale as it comes close within inches.

Mitch said: "We were just swimming on the top of the water because we saw a mama whale and the baby whale resting at the bottom of the ocean.

"As we calmly watch them from above the water, this curious baby whale decides to come up to check us out.

"This one may have not seen Yanna which is why it reared its head before touching her.

"As it was swimming away, it was the time I realised we had just created a life memory.

"It felt like a true connection between human and whale."

Mitch said the incident happened on the final day of their holiday and the moment was a "beautiful display of respect" from both the whale and his partner Yanna.

"The whale clearly didn't want to run into Yanna but I was more worried the whale would unintentionally hit Yanna, and it happened so quickly that by the time I could react the whale was changing course," he said.

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"After that we all swam to each other and showed each other videos and photos and were laughing and high-fiving.

"We were all so stoked we got to witness that.

"There was definitely a moment of connection between the two of them."

Yanna was letting some water our her goggles when the whale approached, and when she put her head back underneath she saw it was right in front of her.

She did not touch the whale, but the experience left a huge impression.

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