Our whale watching season started off with a bang! We had perfect spring weather, calm seas and a small crowd. We left the inlet and headed north to search for humpback whales. We were only traveling about 10 minutes when we came upon hundreds of Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins. We saw so many dolphins all around the boat. We saw smaller family groups with babies and young dolphins and larger groups too. We spent a little while with them giving everyone on the boat plenty of time to take pictures and videos and just enjoy watching them. Our next stop was finding humpback whales. We continued north past Asbury Park and Deal. We were just off of Long Branch when we spotted our first humpback whale of the season! It was about a mile off shore and we could see it slapping its tail around. As we got closer we could tell that this was a younger whale based on its size. Everyone on the boat was in awe every time the whale surfaced. There is nothing like seeing a humpback whale in the wild! We had plenty of time with the whale so everyone was able to get photos and videos and great views of this majestic animal. The whale was mostly making shallow dives so we never did get to see its tail flukes, but we did get a good look at its dorsal fin that we can use to identify him. We have a database of all the whales we have seen on our trips and each whale is assigned a number. This number is used to identify them for research purposes. While numbering a whale for research is important, calling the whale by its number can be a little drab. So we decided to do something new and fun this year. We are going to allow passengers to name the whales we see on our trips! We often see the same whales numerous times during the season so now our guests will know which whale they are seeing. Joseph DeVoe had the honor of naming our first whale and the name he chose is “Squirt” because of the whale’s small size. We look forward to seeing Squirt many more times this season. If you want a chance to meet Squirt, or maybe to find a new whale you can name yourself, book your trip with us today! Jersey Shore Whale Watching-Guaranteed fun for everyone!
Trisha DeVoe, Naturalist,
Jersey Shore Whale Watch