Most likely this is the same whale that people have been recently observing off the coast of Long Branch and Deal in New Jersey, not far from the entrance of New York Harbor.
By Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on June 05, 2016 at 5:10 PM, updated June 06, 2016 at 9:34 AM
TOMS RIVER — Cloudy skies didn't seem to spoil one whale of a time at the beach Sunday morning.
With the caption, "There she blows," Jersey Shore resident Joe Valerie posted a video on his Facebook page showing what he wrote was a whale breaching the surface of a grey ocean under cloudy skies.
Valerie said the video was taken on Sunday morning off the Ortley Beach section of Toms River in Ocean County.
No one at the lifeguard shack there answered the phone Sunday afternoon.
But the Marine Mammal Stranding Center notes that it is common for humpback whales to feed off the Jersey Shore. The center advises whale watchers to keep their distance from the large mammals, which are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
A juvenile was seen close to the beach in Ocean City, Point Pleasant and elsewhere early this week
Humpbacks, which can grow to more than 60 feet and can weigh 40 tons at maturity, are famous for their complex songs, which are believed to be a method of communication among pods as well as a way to attract mates. They often travel from their summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer equatorial waters for the winter, according to National Geographic.
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