Close Means Close

A number of folks are curious just how close we're talking with the Humpback Whale featured in Whale Detail. Close means close. He swam just outside the surf break, during a super low tide. The same place you see Dolphin swim, surfers wait for big waves, and paddle boarders paddle tool around.
Turn around folks! A number of people are curious just how close we’re talking with the Humpback Whale featured in Whale Detail. Close means close. She swam for a bit just outside the surf break, during a super low tide. The same place you see Dolphin swim, Surfers wait for big waves, and Paddle Boarders tool around. If you were surfcasting, you would have snagged it. If you saw a Jet Ski or a Boat in the same location, you’d be concerned. Very concerned.
When the Ms. Humpty-doo made her closest pass to shore, I focused 100% on her closeups.  But as she passed I luckily had the courtesy to grab a few shots showing humans & the waves so you could get a sense of perspective.
When  Ms. Humpty-doo made her closest pass to shore, I focused 100% on her closeups. But as she passed I luckily remembered to grab a few shots showing humans & the waves so you could get a sense of perspective. In this photo you can see a rolling wave at low tide… right where you’d be standing.
Double Humpback today. Score. Can you see both giants?
Double Humpback, one shot. Score! Can you find both giants? (Hint: One is feeding, one is rolling. As always, click to enlarge!) Note: this was shot when the Whales were further out and coming towards shore.

I must confess, I failed you, Dear Reader. I did not run to get the Hover Plover to get aerial footage of the awesomeness for you. It was the opportunity of the Season, and I botched it badly, Dear Reader. I certainly recognized the opportunity and had ample time, but was quite simply mesmerized and enchanted by the Beast(s). Raise your glasses in hopes for second chances.

Speaking of second chances, sad but true: The Coast Guard was developing a rescue plan for a Humpback Whale found entangled just 600 yards off of Harvey Cedars yesterday… roughly the same location where these beauties were seen & photographed. Sadly, they lost the Whale overnight and it is rolling around out there somewhere.

As our nearshore waters get cleaner, and protections for Humpbacks cause their populations to grow, these types of incidents will become more common. There have been a crap ton of commercial fishing vessels in the same location. They are both going after the same fish.

If you happen to own a sweet boat and are looking for a little adventure on Saturday morn’, consider yourself highly encouraged to travel the North End of LBI looking for this poor guy. Or, if you are watching from shore and see any strange behavior, the Coast Guard is asking the public for assistance and accepts entangled Whale sightings at 1-866-755-NOAA (6622).