To mix up this party even more, there did appear to be a mystery third Whale involved today. This Whale showed a blow, but no rolling or cruising. Could it be the net-entangled Humpback that the Coast Guard is looking for? Could this wounded Whale be calling these others in with a distress call?
Humpback Whales have been getting a ton of press this Summer. Much of the hype is old news dating back to the Spring Migration North, when lots of Humpbacks were sighted in New Jersey. The recent resurgence of the stories has been blamed on Whale Watch cruises doing some great PR to pack their boats (and apparently, it’s working!) The official, scientific, expert line quoted in most of these stories is “Sounds like a way to sell tickets for Whale Watching Cruises” and “They are probably seeing Dolphins” and “It is probably the same Whale”.
Perhaps they are correct. Maybe we should move along. Maybe there is nothing to see here. Or maybe, some experts in Marine Mammals should come get their Beach Bum on and witness New Jersey’s Epic Year-Of-The-Humpback! These days you don’t need much more than a beach chair to see that something unusual & very special is going down on LBI!