We also saw many dolphins near the whale they were swimming together for a while
The normality you feel while being outdoor on a warm summer day with the ocean breeze in your face helps you forget about the Covid 19 at least for a few hours, said one passenger yesterday aboard our whale watching trip
Humpback and Dolphin Love 🐋🐬❤️
Tail flukes, pectoral fin slaps, looks like he’s waving 👋 🐋 lunge feeding, missed that picture.
A pod of dolphins smiling as they bow in and out of the water 🐬🌊 gorgeous animals, so. much. fun.
We also saw many dolphins near the whale they were swimming together for a while
Bill McKim’s Belmar Whale Watching – We are the original and best whale watching tour in Belmar, New Jersey. Please check out our whale watching tour dates and save money on your whale watching tickets. Please click here to purchase whale watching tickets). Our tours are 3 times a week. The tour is about 3 hours long and departs from the Belmar Marina (905 Highway 35, between Marina Grille and the big bridge).
We go whale watching every 7 days a week in 3 days a week April and May 2022 June, july aug sept and a complete fall schedlue that runs till late November from the Belmar Marina, on a large 2-level boat with a tour guide on board to tell you what you are seeing. Your whale watching tour tickets can be emailed to you https://billmckim.com/products/bill-mckims-jersey-shore-whale-watch
See humpback whales, dolphins and other marine sea-life off the coast of Belmar, Avon Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, Long Branch, Sandy Hook, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Manasquan, and more.
Bring your good camera, it wont get wet the boat is huge, but was also bring a camera bag to protect it while we are going to the whale watching area.
As you probably know, composition is key. That being said, photographing from above does not compliment the enormous whale. Shooting from the 2nd florr crows makes the whale appear smaller that if you stay on the boats deck so we recommend staying there. Which leads us to our next point
While being at the front might seem the most sensible thing to do, it’s also the most popular spot. But you’re out there to get in some amazing frames of the whales and you will need a little space to move around. Thus our photographer Bill Mckim recommends staying at the back of the right hand side on the boat. The captain will most often need to turn the boat so he sees the whale clearly for all safety, and if it happens that he’ll choose to have the whale at the left hand side, it will only take 5 seconds to change. There are less people back here and you are away from the iphone crowd!
While I would in almost all situations recommend the Manual mode as it opens doors to photographing in new ways I wouldn’t recommend it while out there. With constant changes in light and the clouds moving around, it’s difficult to be always looking at the built-in meter to decide on aperture and shutter speed. Instead I would recommend the aperture priority mode, setting your ISO as high as you trust your camera to handle (without noise creeping in), and then setting your aperture as high as the lightning allows (A high aperture will reduce the damage if you don’t get the focus on point) . A good rule of thumb is to never let the shutter speed get lower that 1/2000s as you will risk having your photos shaky. I like to shoot at around 4000 of a second.
This tip is a one I love. Often you’ll have the luck to have birds all around, getting one in your frame for comparison to the whale is really fun to underline the size of the whales. But when the birds just don’t go into the frame you can get really creative, putting people inside the frame or even holding some things in front of the camera (if your lens is wide enough)!
This is a common question and the answer is: Just take the your camera bag! Given that you don’t carry more than 2 lenses, you can take your camera bag – with the lenses, onboard. You can keep it inside the steering house and then take it out and switch lenses later on! It’s crucial on a trip like this to have options – If you got a good zoom lens 100-400 is my go to lens for whale watching(100-400mm, 70-200mm) that would be ideal for the first minutes of the tour but then when we get closer it’s great to be able to grab a wider lens (24-105mm).
Wednesday, July 8 Whale Watching report:
We had a great socially distanced whale watching trip a great group of people some with some very nice Canon Cameras and lens!
We left Belmar Marina at 1:30 PM, and headed north towards Asbury Park fixing to go up towards Sea Bright. There we saw the first of the three whales we saw today. Captain Alan spotted the whale about a mile away from us and made his way towards it; it was great to see. Then Danielle, our naturalist, spotted the second whale about 30 minutes later a little bit to the north of us. The third whale appeared while we were watching the second whale. The second one breached a few times and the third well was doing chain lunges. Everyone on the boat was thrilled; we had a lot of returning customers, and some new faces too. It was a great day on the ocean. I got some sea spray from the warm ocean water on the way back. Speaking of, the water was beautiful and clear; you could see many dolphins everywhere we went today. Join us soon at Jersey Shore Whale Watch, great family fun. We do not overcrowd the boat, we guarantee you will see a whale and you’ll get some fresh air.
I wanted to talk a bit about the boat we go whale watching on>
The boat is 115 feet long has 2 levels and also has separate full size men’s and ladies bathrooms that are always kept extremely clean
We promise that you and your guests will be impressed with the experience on the boat and the cabin is air conditioned!
Here are a few photos I took of the boat this morning before we went whale watching from the Belmar Marina on route 35 in Belmar New Jersey
Our captain has 30 years experience boating and our boat is the fastest clean and biggest boat in Monmouth County, We started the whale watching tours in 2018 and We love it, read our reviews!
Some November whale watching photos from our trip down toward Island Beach State Park last week. Cruising along in the ocean looking at Seaside Heights boardwalk from the ocean near sunset was unique.I think everyone on the boat enjoyed the views of the whales with Island Beach State Park and Bayhead Nj in the background.
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All five of our unique boats are available for private boat charters in Monmouth and Ocean County. From the luxurious motor yacht, to the small and speedy Fast Cat, the sailing catamaran, and more! Explore all of our different boats and select your favorite for your private boat charter experience. All of our boat rentals at the Jersey shore are operated by our experienced and friendly captains and crew.We have a naturalist on board to tell you about everything you are seeing.
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We take a very large safe boats to go whale watching some of the boats can hold as many as 80 people so you don’t have to worry about anything about safety on the boats will be a great time great trip kids of all ages love it I’m not sure I would bring an infant there’s really no reason so if you’re going to really remember anything I would probably gets in the way of the parents are in good time just having to hold the baby the whole time brother was young children are welcome to come on the whale watching trip we leave out of Belmar we do weekdays and weekends weekends
January 2019 whales off the beach in Belmar New Jersey!
We spotted at least 2 whales off the beach i sent out the drone for a closer look but without any boats in the frigid winter temps if was like looking for a needle in a haystack!
So here are a couple photos i took with my long lens camera from home!’\
Danielle thought it was Minke whales a rare sight for me