Gallery: Whale feeding off Lavallette

    The combination of the seasonal whale migration and easy sharing on social media continues to yield impressive photographs and videos of the marine mammals. 

    Using a telephoto lens, JSHN contributor Mary Motsay captured the above images of a humpback whale cruising past Lavallette yesterday. 

    As the migration coincides with the annual fall striped bass run, resulting in a heavy presence of recreational fishing vessels, NOAA warns boaters to keep distance.

    “North Atlantic right whales are now migrating south along the U.S. East Coast to calving grounds in the warm coastal waters of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. All vessel operators should stay alert and keep their distance if a whale is sighted nearby, a NOAA release advises. 

    Federal law requires vessels keep a distance of 100 yards from humpback whales.

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