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    wha-wha-whale?!

    so i went to spring lake, nj, today to celebrate fathers day with the fam, and there were no waves so my brother and i are spongin' it up, and BAM. a whale breaches about one hundred yards off the beach. this thing was huge, probably about 35 feet, completely dwarfing every vessel around it. this was one of a few whales that comprise a pod which has been scouring the central nj coast for about the past week. the whales have been following an absolutely massive school of bunker (menhaden), i would say at least 500 yards by 500 yards, i am talking millions of fish. the sight of this animal was absolutely awe-inspiring. i am just 16 and i dont know if ill ever see such a thing again. i think this is a testimony to the constantly improving water quality and marine environment of new jersey. i was wondering if anyone else had an encounter of any sort with these whales recently, and if so i would love to hear it. on a side note, these bunker aren't only attracting whales and the typical bluefish-striper combo, thresher sharks have been enjoying the feast themselves. a friend who runs a fishing charter caught a 177-pounder off of belmar. just goes to show that they really arent out to get you..

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    Wow thats awsome . I know that the dolphins are coming in alot closer to shore this year in Wildwood . I got my board bumped 2 weeks ago . Its not as kool as what you saw but it make surfing mean more with experience like that.

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    this past winter i had seal encounters with them swimming right next to me and diving under my board... kinda freaked me out cuz we all know what they attract! if it was summer time maybe i would be less freaked out... have yet to surf with dolphins or whales yet

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    i live in spring lake year round and the past weeks ive seen about 3 of them which is very unusual. the only time besides this week ive ever seen one was about this time last summer

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    awesome whale sighting

    Very cool stuff, kid; thanks for sharing with us. Keep that great perspective, never lose it, grow it. The world's a wonderful place & the planet is ours to take care of. Too bad the corporate weasels & the politicos have no accountability for their actions unless they get caught red-handed fu*king up things in our lives. And even then..."appoint a committee to look into it." wtf

    I luv it when I'm out at Assateague & the dolphins cruise by while I'm surfing. Just a great feeling, you guys know what I mean.

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    i saw a pod of dolphins a few years ago about 50 yards away and started making squeaky noises with my fingers against my board, don't ask why. A few seconds later a dolphin surfaced about 10 feet away and a nearly shat my pants. those things make you feel small in the water.I won't do that again!

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    we haven't had any whales offshore here in the Delaware/OC beach area,but we have seen a HUGE increase in thresher sharks. my fisherman friends are pullin those things out of the water left & right & i'm talkin 200-700lb'ers. my sisters friend actually won the thresher shark catergory of the shark tournement here 2 weeks ago with a thresher shark that was 627.6lbs caught at someplace called the "HotDog". this shark was only 14.5lbs shy of the maryland state record. i used to think threshers didn't come close to shore,but i saw someones footage from a carribean trip & they saw one just a few feet from shore were they were. i wonder why there has been such a drastic increase in threshers & whats making them grow so large now....hmmm......my sisters friends & i ate that big thresher,so i hope her relatives don't return the favor on the line up this season!!!

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    I have had many encounters with dolphins, big fish, and little sharks down at Assateague. I really don't enjoy their presence cause i get spooked out. The only whale i have ever seen in Maryland/DE was the one with the washed up

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    I was out about a week or two ago in OCMD with my buddy and his dad and we saw this what appeared to be a dolphin fin breach the the surface about 100yds off the beach at first we were thinking it was just a dolphin but then about 75yds down the beach we saw this massive 30ft whale jump out of the water and I almost crapped myself I was so amazed.

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    I saw a huge school of fish coming down the coast in Fenwick DE Friday night while fishing. I thought they were blues, but who knows.
    I saw a seal in OC this past winter, freaked me out at first, but then was kinda cool. He kept poking his head up watching me, and kept me company while I was alone out there. He seemed curious.
    Also saw a fox that day in OC.
    Sometime years ago in oc we saw a group of big whales, but they were couple hundred yards out while we were surfing. Never saw them since.
    I think dolphins have freaked out almost everyone. I think they like poking up 5 feet in front of you, making you crap yourself.