By Alex Napoliello | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on May 02, 2016 at 11:37 AM, updated May 02, 2016 at 1:13 PM
MANASQUAN — Adam Holloway, co-owner of Bare Wires surf shop in Spring Lake, has seen a lot of bizarre things at the inlet in the early morning hours.
But nothing tops what he witnessed Monday morning: A deer stuck on the jetty.
"It was wild," Holloway said in a phone interview with NJ Advance Media. "I've seen (deer) on the beach during the wintertime, but I've never seen them run. ... It was crazy, the craziest thing I've seen up there."
Like many surfers in the area, Holloway frequents the Manasquan inlet often.
On Monday morning, Holloway went up to the inlet to check the waves, and saw three deer on the beach. What happened next is beyond his imagination.
"When we walked (on the beach), we probably spooked them and they ran as fast as they could to the water and started swimming out," Holloway said. "They got out pretty far."
Two of the deer then turned back around and swam back to shore. However, one of the deer got sucked out towards the jetty by a riptide.
"When the tide is going out ... the east swell pulls you right out," Holloway said. "The jetty is like a conveyer belt."
The deer got pulled right up along the jetty, Holloway said, and then climbed on top of it.
Not knowing what to do, Holloway started walking out on the jetty towards the deer. He said he got about 15 feet away from it, before it jumped off the jetty and swam back to the beach.
The deer made it safely back to the shore, and then ran away.
"If you go to the inlet early in the morning, you always see something bizarre," Holloway said. "It was kind of crazy."
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