Brian Shea is a New Jersey native who frequently paddle boards on the coast. He records his visits in the water on social media, and this includes his interactions with other sea life, such as dolphins. However, this time he encountered a special visitor. He saw a whale up close and personal. This whale was so large, spanning 20 feet and coming within inches of him and his paddle board. Shea was not afraid, but instead so thankful for the great opportunity.
- Brian Shea, an experienced aquaphile, spotted a humpback whale in close proximity while paddleboarding on Saturday near New Jersey’s Long Branch Beach.
- Shea felt more amazement than fear during this encounter of a lifetime.
- Shea, a regular contributor to a Facebook whale and dolphin watching group, had seen whales feeding in the waters from a distance, but felt fortunate to experience this rare natural event closeup.
“I’ve been everywhere from Tahiti to Hawaii to California to the Caribbean, Shea wrote later that day on Facebook. This experience was right up there with the best of them! I’m so thankful we get to experience this right in our backyard.”