Whales to the left of me!
It was July 7th, a warm summer day, with calm waters. We went whale watching out of Belmar Marina. We cruised up towards Sandy Hook passing the beaches of, Avon, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Deal, Monmouth Beach, Long Branch, Sandy Hook National Park, and eventually we saw New York City in the background. When we were off the coast of Sandy Hook, we saw many pods of dolphins, sea birds, and two humpback whales!
Our guide on that trip was Danielle, a whale researcher that works with Gotham Whale. Danielle is pursuing a doctorate at Rutger’s University in marine biology. She has a wealth of whale information for the guests on Bill McKim’s Jersey Shore whale watching trip. Danielle points out what to look for in the water to spot the whales and shares information about the whales we see.
Guests on the boat trip have a great time, and bring snacks and coolers on board. One group was a bridal party enjoying champange on the open sea. Often the younger travelers take a nap. The gentle rocking and salt air seems to be a natural sleep aid! It is recommended to bring binoculars, a light jacket or sweatshirt, and some drinks and snacks.
Upon return to Belmar, there is still lots to do in the area. Marina Grill is in the same marina parking lot, a great place for cocktails, dinner, and conversation about the whale trip. Bill McKim’s Jersey Shore Whale Watches are sure to be one of your fondest memories! -n Billy