A Whale of a Morning

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Jerry Meaney/Barnegat Bay Island/Facebook

Jerry Meaney/Barnegat Bay Island/Facebook

Two boaters off Seaside Park, N.J., yesterday have quite the fish tale to tell.

According to reports, the two were fishing very close to shore from a 25-foot center console when a whale collided with their vessel, flipping it over and knocking them into the water.

Fortunately, no one was injured and as the incident occurred just off the beach, the two swam to shore. The whale swam off.


Marine mammal experts — including Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Brigantine-based Marine Mammal Stranding Center — were dispatched to the scene to examine the boat’s hull and hopefully collect a DNA sample if some skin was left behind.

“The whale did what whales usually do — they’re looking for food, and they don’t pay attention,” Schoelkopf told NJ.com.

As for the boat, the vessel was upright on the beach soon after the incident, and later recovered with truck and trailer.

Schoelkopf said that the whale was most likely a humpback chasing bunker or menhaden and was uninjured from the collision.

"The humpbacks are out there feeding right now," Schoelkopf told app.com