A quiet day fishing quickly flipped — literally — just off the New Jersey coast on Thursday.
Two anglers were enjoying the hot conditions off Deal in Monmouth County when an unexpected supersized visitor made a grand appearance.
A whale surfaced beneath their vessel, causing it to capsize. Both men fell overboard but were uninjured, according to the New Jersey State Police.
Gary Szabo, a retired Trenton firefighter who was fishing nearby, posted on Facebook that he heard a mayday call from the mariners and quickly sprang into action.
“Found two guys in the water hanging onto their capsized boat,” he wrote. “It was easy to get them on my boat due to my diver ladder.”
Szabo, who captured the incident on video, says whales were feeding on baitfish in the area when the encounter happened.
“Lucky guys,” he wrote.
Troopers from the Marine Services Bureau are conducting an investigation.
“Charges against the whale are pending its apprehension,” a state police spokesperson posted on Facebook.
The marine mammals are commonly spotted off the Jersey Shore.
Last November, Brian Shea was paddleboarding when he had a close encounter with a humpback whale.