A tail slapping great day of whale watching and some very nice Pelagic birds
Well, we did it again today! We found two different humpback whales who provided a lot of entertainment for everyone on the boat! We headed out on our normal course going north and it wasn’t very long until we spotted the first whale right off the coast of Asbury Park. Our naturalist, Danielle, identified the whale as #136. This is the first time this season that we spotted this whale. He gave us a dramatic tail slapping display with lots of great photo ops. We watched this whale for a while but received reports that there were two other whales a bit north, and hoping they were the same whales we watched lunge feeding yesterday we headed that way. We spotted the second whale at the north end of Long Branch. I recognized him immediately as one of the whales we saw yesterday by the distinct curve of his dorsal fin. Danielle identified this whale as #94. Just like yesterday, this whale did not disappoint! He was on another feeding frenzy lunging through the surface of the water swallowing hundreds of bunker fish in one gulp. At one point the whale was so close to the boat we literally got a great view of its baleen plates and the inside of its mouth. It was truly amazing! And another great part of the day- the rain didn’t start until we were heading back to the dock! Another exciting whale watching experience with Jersey Shore Whale Watch! If you haven’t gone out with us yet, book your trip soon! If you’ve been out with us earlier in the season, now is a good time to come out again as we are seeing more and more active whales every day. We are sailing 7 days a week ( weather depending ) so every one can fit it into their schedules. This is one summer activity you don’t want to miss!!
Trish DeVoe, Naturalist, Jersey Shore Whale Watch