This is Linda’s trip report, She loves being on the ocean
Spent an absolutely beautiful day on the ocean whale watching! It never gets old as each day is different. We headed out of the inlet and headed north. No activity as we passed through Asbury Park, Deal, Long Branch so we kept headed north. Thought we were going to the “tip of the Hook” when we took a hard right. Now where? Headed towards 2 cargo ships where there was a report of a whale and sure enough, Danielle, the naturalist, found one! This humpback was feeding and at the time, the bait fish were more towards the ocean floor than the ocean surface so were did not see any feeding behavior at that time. The young humpback was moving towards the shore so the ocean depth changed dramatically. At one point, we saw an Osprey and some dolphins so of course, there was the humpback! They were all looking for some fish to eat! The whale was increasing activity as we spent more time with it, seemingly checking us out on the boat. Then the bait fish were seen closer to the ocean surface. Maybe the whale would demonstrate some feeding activity! Sadly, even with the extra 1/2 hour that the Captain gave us, it was time to leave to make the bridge opening. As we headed off, we are always told to look behind the boat, because the whales may show off. As we were a good distance away, all I could do is put my hands to my head and say, “oh no” as clearly the whale breached. What a terrific day.