Sunday 9/4/22 Species Report
2 humpback whales 🐋
30+ bottlenose dolphins 🐬
And a flying tuna!
Sandy writes the report:
We found another whale off of Long Branch today. This time it was #91. He was a little more cooperative and zig zagged back and forth on both sides of the both. He did a bunch of deep dives so everyone got to see his tail. A one point I was looking out the front of the boat waiting for the whale to come back up when I saw a what we think was a tuna jump way out of the water. It looked like it was at least 3 feet long. It was so cool.
Another whale was spotted a little farther south so we went to check it out. It didn’t do much either. Just kept swimming south. Then some dolphins showed up closer to the beach. At one point they started swimming towards the boat. Thought they were going to go under and pop up on the other side but they never did. The whale and dolphins were surfacing together at one point. Now that the trip finally got interesting Captain Alan decided it was time to get back. Really bummed since it was still only 3:30 and we were a little north of Asbury Park so didn’t have far to go. We had to leave the bow since it would get rough when going faster, so missed the shots of the whale and dolphins together. Saw a few more dolphin from the back of the boat on the way back.
Here are a few of passenger Sandy’s photos
Frequent passenger Linda writes her review of SUNDAYS TRIP
Another day, another water adventure. Interesting that so many people on this trip were first time whale watchers. Off we went towards the north and by 2:09 we were on whale # 91. This whale has been around a lot this year and I have seen him several times. He showed his tail often and both sides of the boat got to see him. After awhile, a passenger saw a whale to the south and we headed that way. Actually getting us closer to Belmar. This seemed like a smaller whale. There was quite a bit of bait fish around but no evidence of feeding at the surface. Then things became interesting as dolphins appeared. Also some other fish jumped (maybe tuna). The whale seemed to be interacting with the dolphins but shortly afterwards it was time to head home. Went to Federico’s and sat outside to eat by 4:30. The passengers all seemed to have enjoyed this trip as they saw 2 whales and dolphins.
Here are some of Lindas photos from Sunday Sept 4th 2022