We watched one whale off of Long Branch for a long time today. It was so close to shore that it didn’t do much. No tail or anything. At one point we were waiting for it to surface and it came up quite a distance away. Then we saw another smaller whale closer to the boat. The bait fish were jumping like crazy as that whale swam through them. Trish said it was a minke whale. They are faster than humpbacks. After we went back to the first whale for a short time we headed back south. As we were coming close to Asbury Park we saw another blow right in front of us. We found our 3rd whale. It was also close to shore. At one point it swam under the bow, right in front of me. AND finally it did a deep dive and we got to see its tail. We watched for it one more time. Got another tail shot before we had to head back home. It was a beautiful day on the water. So unexpectedly calm after the 8-10 ft waves we had yesterday.