Humpback Whale Makes Surprise Visit in the Shrewsbury River

RUMSON, NJ – On Friday, New Jersey State Police officers from the Marine Services Bureau responded to the Route 36 bridge over the Shrewsbury River for the report of a humpback whale.   The reported sighting was in the area of Rumson and Highlands.

“Marine vessels arrived in the area at approximately 9:24 a.m. to monitor the mammal,” the NJSP said. “Shortly after their arrival, an additional NJSP vessel arrived with a member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, which is located in Brigantine, N.J., to assess the whale’s condition.”

A preliminary checkup showed the whale appears to be healthy and feeding.

“We understand it may be tempting to get close for a better look or picture, but at this time, we are advising boaters to avoid the area,” the NJSP said. “Additional boat traffic may scare the whale and prevent it from leaving the river and/or negatively impact its health. We will continue to monitor the situation. Hopefully, it will return to sea healthy and with a full belly!”

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