Full report in the morning but i felt like i was on an Alaskan Whale Watching Cruise today off Monmouth County
Sunday’s whale watching trip started out as just another normal trip on a beautiful day with a socially distanced crowd going whale watching. We headed north towards the report from earlier in the day of a whale about three or 4 miles off the coast of Monmouth Beach. We got to the area near Mount Beach, slowed down and indeed our naturalist and captain saw the spout of a whale. For 20 minutes we looked for the whale, which is an eternity when you’re on a boat. We didn’t see the whale really again, after the first two or three spouts a large dredge could come through the area and might’ve chased the whale out of the area, or to the surface on the other side of the dredge. We soon moved further north to try to find the first whale report when I saw a blow a short distance away. That was probably about 30-40 minutes into the trip, after that whale we saw a second whale and then myself and the captain saw a third whale distant behind the boat. We could see that the whale was breaching nonstop, but it was a good 2 miles away. As for the two whales closer to us, they were kind of interesting. One of them had a lot of sea lice on it, and Danielle, our naturalist, wanted to photograph it more to get its tail, but we kind of lost them. Then, we went out to the third whale, who put it on the greatest breaching show any of us had ever seen. The whale didn’t stop breaching, the entire time we were out there he must’ve breached 30 times! If there was ever a whale named after Michael Jordan, this would be the one.
One of the great things about taking people whale watching is hearing them experience when the blow is closer and make it and everybody in the boat seeing the whale. It’s amazing to hear them cheering and just in awe of nature, for most of them have never seen it before. This whale put on a show that none of us will ever probably see again, it was unbelievable, probably once-in-a-lifetime! 30 breaches all over the place, I have some fantastic photos to share with all of you, and they are below. Thanks, we hope to see you soon on Jersey Shore Whale Watch.