Whale breaches off the coast of Long Branch, new jersey
Raw slow motion video of the whale jumping out of the water.
Captain Mike Formichella ready to pack up his gear last week, when he saw a huge shadow in the water. Seconds later, a huge whale breached just a few feet away from his boat.
“Fishing was hard today. No trolls = no fish (for now)- couple of swipes on live bait, but that’s it – but … this made my day,” Formichella, who works at Shark Inlet Charters in Belmar, captioned a Facebook video of the breathtaking view on the 21st of May.
The 50-second slow motion video, for which their whale impressive 360-degree turn outside the water, has more than 17,000 views as of Tuesday evening.
The locals couldn’t help but wonder about the eyes.
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“WOW, that was a great (great show),” a Facebook user commented.
“Man, I want to see this so bad,” another chimed in.
“That is insane! Made of me and the boys of the day! The boys saw it! They loved it! SO awesome!” one woman reflected.
Formichella said that he was only miles from the Long Branch Beach, sitting in the “65 feet of water,” when he spotted the sea creature.
In New Jersey, whale watching season has just begun.
“Whales and dolphins season runs from March to December, [but] the peak of the season in southern New Jersey runs from June to September, when the ocean temperature exceeds 60 degrees celsius,” tourism site of New Jersey Leisure Guide says.
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While Formichella not specify what type of whale it was, many believe it was a humpback whale, which usually feed in the cold, shallow waters where food is plentiful.
“Nutrition is documented in New Jersey waters and individuals have been observed close to the coastline, including within Delaware Bay,” non-profit Conserve Wildlife Foundation explains on its website. “Investigations are currently being carried out off the coast of New Jersey to determine where whales are located, how many people are there, and what time of the year.”