We had a rare no whale sightings Sunday and we cut the trip a little short as it was raining pretty well, so everyone that was on the trip gets a free trip next spring in 2024
On Saturday, November 25, we embarked on another eventful whale watching trip. Initially, we headed south towards Bayhead but unfortunately did not encounter any whales there. We then changed course and moved north, where we were rewarded with the sight of a very active humpback whale near Bradley Beach. We invite you to join us this Sunday for one of the final trips of the year. Our future outings will be highly dependent on the weather, especially with the colder temperatures, so don’t miss this opportunity to come out with us on Sunday, November 26, for whale watching.
As the season draws to a close, we extend our heartfelt thanks for making it a great one. To show our appreciation, we’re offering gift certificates along with a fantastic selection of sweatshirts. Keep an eye out in the coming week for some special deals that we’ll be announcing. Make sure to follow us and check your emails regularly, as we will have amazing specials on T-shirts, sweatshirts, and our popular hooded T-shirts.
A big thank you from Bill, Danielle, and the entire crew of the boat, the Jersey Girl, and everyone at Jersey Shore Whale Watch. We hope to see you soon and share more incredible whale watching experiences with you. We watched a great sunset and enjoyed our coffees.
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photos from Anne
We had an incredible whale watching experience on Friday, November 24. Departing from the marina in Belmar, we were unsure of what we might encounter, especially since no whales were spotted from Belmar Beach that morning, which had me slightly apprehensive. However, having witnessed five whales from my home deck on Thanksgiving Day, I remained hopeful.
Our optimism paid off splendidly. Shortly after reaching Manasquan Beach, where other boats had reported whale sightings, we quickly found ourselves amidst three whales. Over the next three hours, we were fortunate to follow four different whales, making for an exceptional and exciting trip. Everyone on board captured fantastic photos, and the heated cabin with its large windows provided a cozy spot to watch the whales and then step outside to hear their blows and see their magnificent lunch feeding and tail displays.
One of the most remarkable aspects of this trip was that all the whales we encountered were new to us, different from those seen the previous Sunday. This variety highlights how each whale watching day offers a unique experience.
We’re thrilled to announce two more trips this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday. As a special holiday treat, everyone joining us this weekend will receive a complimentary Jersey Shore Whale Watch T-shirt.
We’re excited to welcome you aboard the Jersey Girl and share more unforgettable moments. With the longest whale watching season on the East Coast, running from April through December, there’s always an opportunity to join us for a memorable adventure.
Happy holidays and looking forward to seeing you soon,
Bill and the crew at Jersey Shore Whale Watch.
Happy Thanksgiving to the entire Jersey Shore Whale Watch community!
As we gather to celebrate this season of gratitude, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to each of you who have joined us on the water. Your enthusiasm and support for marine life and ocean adventures have made this year unforgettable.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re offering a special “Thankful for Whales” promotion. Join us for a whale watching tour and receive a 10% discount as our way of saying thanks for choosing to spend your time with us and the whales.
We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share the wonders of the sea with such passionate individuals. Here’s to many more shared adventures on the horizon.
Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with joy, warmth, and the company of those who mean the most to you.
The Jersey Shore Whale Watch Team
“Our Sunday Funday reached new heights as we encountered five different humpback whales, an experience beyond my expectations. Our location was between Bradley Beach and 16th Ave. Belmar. Witnessing whales from my deck all morning had set my hopes high, but I never imagined we’d see such an extraordinary display. We observed these magnificent creatures feeding, lunging, rolling around, tail slapping, and performing a bubble roll. It was truly amazing and a reminder that with whales, you can never predict what will happen next.”
We headed south towards Island Beach State Park today
It was a beautiful, sunny day with a calm ocean, making it the perfect opportunity for an enjoyable whale watching trip. We dressed in layers to stay comfortable and set off towards the area where we had previously spotted whales. However, before reaching our destination, we came across a lively group of dolphins, which provided us with a lot of entertainment.
After our delightful dolphin encounter, we continued our journey south, passing by Sea Side without any luck in spotting whales. Disappointed but not discouraged, we decided to turn back. To our delight, near Lavalette, we encountered the same whale we had seen last weekend. While we didn’t witness any feeding behavior this time, we had the chance to see its tail several times during deep dives. There were also some splashes in the vicinity that may have been caused by bluefin tuna, adding to the excitement.
The trip was very enjoyable, and some of our fellow passengers chose to stay inside the cabin with heaters, while others preferred to stay outside. The colors of the clouds with the sun shining through were truly breathtaking, adding to the overall beauty of the experience. Another memorable trip was added to our collection, and we eagerly look forward to our next adventure.
next trip is Sunday November 12 1pm
On Sunday, November 5th, a group of approximately 35 people gathered for an exciting Jersey Shore Whale Watch adventure. We set sail from the Shark River Inlet, heading south toward Lavallette, and little did we know that this trip would turn into a truly exceptional experience.
Our journey was graced by the presence of a very active humpback whale. What set this encounter apart was the whale’s behavior – it was open net feeding, a rare phenomenon seldom witnessed in New Jersey waters. While I had seen plenty of photos capturing this behavior in Maine, actually observing it firsthand was a first for me, and it left an indelible mark on our memories. Throughout the trip, we were fortunate enough to witness this remarkable spectacle multiple times.
Adding to the magic of the day was the picture-perfect weather that Mother Nature provided us. The clear skies and gentle breeze made the experience even more enjoyable. And, of course, the enthusiastic and engaged crowd on board added to the overall sense of excitement and wonder.
I want to take a moment to applaud Captain Eddie for his outstanding job running the trip. His expertise and passion for marine life enhanced our understanding of the humpback whale’s behavior and made the excursion all the more engaging.Danielle was excellent as always spotting the whale
As the trip came to an end, I couldn’t help but reflect on the beauty of nature and the incredible moments we had just witnessed. The ocean has a way of humbling us and reminding us of the vast and mysterious world beneath its surface. It was a day that will be etched in our memories for a long time to come.
Now, I eagerly await Monday morning when I can sort through all the photos I took during the trip. I plan to share a collection of these images to help others appreciate the awe-inspiring sight of a humpback whale engaged in open net feeding off the Jersey Shore.
For those who couldn’t join us on this particular outing, I want to remind you that there are still a few more weeks of Whale Watching left this season. I encourage you to consider joining us at Jersey Shore Whale Watch for an opportunity to witness the majesty of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. It’s an experience that words can hardly do justice, but one that will leave you with a profound appreciation for the wonders of the ocean.
Nearly a full boat Saturday spectacular weather
On the delightful afternoon of Saturday, November 4, 2023, our whale watching excursion was nothing short of fantastic! Our journey took us southward towards Seaside Heights, and the entire experience was marked by tranquility, with the seas remaining calm throughout. After covering approximately 15 nautical miles from Belmar, we found ourselves in waters approximately 50 feet deep.
As we continued our expedition, veering to the southwest in the direction of the close to shore , both Captain Shawn and Danielle, our resident naturalist, displayed their exceptional observation skills. Together, they spotted a spout emerging to the south of our location. Our fortune knew no bounds as we encountered a magnificent humpback whale! This majestic creature gracefully circled a specific area, likely engaged in the act of feeding. We were treated to a spectacle of thrilling lunges and other feeding behaviors that left us in awe.
Our journey back to shore was a smooth and enjoyable one, capping off an unforgettable day of whale watching.