Monday September 27, 2021
We had a wonderful day on the ocean today! Yesterday we saw three whales just north of Long Branch so we headed that way again today. It was a picture perfect day, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. We passed Long Branch without seeing any whales so we continued north toward Sandy Hook. We were only about a mile and a half off shore so we had great views of all the ocean towns and beaches. Just as we were approaching our turn around point a whale surfaced right in front of the boat. Our persistence in searching paid off! The whale was heading southwest at a pretty fast pace but we were able to keep up with him at a safe distance. The whale was following the bait fish and ended up swimming very close to the shore where he met up with some dolphins. Now the trip got even more exciting!! The dolphins were swimming all around the whale and jumping way up out of the water. It looked like a SeaWorld show but this show was so much better!! There is nothing like observing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat engaging in their natural behaviors. It was so beautiful to see these two different species interacting together. The entire boat was in awe watching the whale and dolphins swimming around together. At one point it looked like the dolphins were almost jumping on the whale’s back. It was quite a spectacular display! As we are entering into peak migration season, our trips are getting more and more exciting. We have many great trips planned for October so be sure to book your marine mammal adventure with us. The weather is still really nice, just a little cooler on the ocean so bring a jacket or get your Jersey Shore Whale Watch sweatshirt on the boat. Check our website for all our upcoming trips. You don’t want to let the season pass you by!
Trish DeVoe, Naturalist, Jersey Shore Whale Watch