Breaching whale dazzles Harvey Cedars beachgoers, lifeguards Monday

     A whale breached off Harvey Cedars around noon Monday. (Photo courtesy of the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol)

    A whale breached off Harvey Cedars around noon Monday. (Photo courtesy of the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol)

    Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol lifeguard Jonathan Bacci was ready.

    As he was sitting on his stand around noon Monday, Bacci saw some unusual activity in the water. 

    “Could it be a whale?” he asked himself.

    “I’ve only heard of one other whale sighting in Harvey Cedars, and that was right after Superstorm Sandy,” Bacci said. “We see a lot of dolphins, but that’s it.” 

    But a whale was spotted feeding on a school of fish just off the shoreline, his lieutenant told him.

    So Bacci got ready, positioned his smartphone at the right angle, and waited for the moment.

    Then it happened.

    “Everyone had their phones out on the beach capturing the moment,” he said. 

    “It was pretty cool.”

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.