Mother’s Day Whale Watching trip review New Jersey

On Mother’s Day morning, under uncertain skies and amidst cancellations from other fishing boats and tour companies, we at Jersey Shore Whale Watch made a bold decision to proceed with our voyage. Many of our guests had traveled great distances—from places as far-flung as Rochester, Binghamton, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York. Their anticipation and excitement fueled our commitment to venture out despite the weather.

As we set sail at 12:30 PM, a light drizzle was falling, but by the time we reached the open waters, the drizzle had ceased. Although the ocean presented a choppy welcome for about 20 minutes, it soon calmed, and within moments of the sea settling, we were graced with the presence of an active juvenile humpback whale just off the coast of New Jersey.

For approximately 45 minutes, our guests were treated to a magnificent display: the whale demonstrated its lunch feeding, tail slapping, and fin slapping—truly a remarkable performance that captivated everyone on board. During the trip, we also encountered three different pods of dolphins, which provided additional delight and photo opportunities for our 45 guests.

For those seeking warmth, the boat’s cabin, equipped with heating and two full bathrooms on the second floor, offered a cozy retreat. With a capacity for 130 passengers, the spaciousness felt extra special with just 45 on board, making for a more intimate and enjoyable experience.

At Jersey Shore Whale Watch, we are just kicking off our season, which runs from now until the end of November. While June through September marks the peak of Whale Watching, the early and late months also offer spectacular sightings, sometimes just minutes after departing the inlet.

My name is Bill McKim, and I am proud to be at the helm of these trips for our seventh year, offering the best Whale Watching tours in New Jersey. There’s no need to travel all the way to Cape Cod to see these magnificent creatures; you can witness them right here against the stunning backdrop of New York City.

We hope to welcome you aboard soon at Jersey Shore Whale Watch, where the season is just getting started, and the whales are eager to perform just outside our inlet. Join us for an unforgettable adventure on the ocean!

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