According to a witness report, a rare humpback whale made a splash in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay on Monday. The animal was seen playing for about 45 minutes miles inside the bay.
The report was issued by the Ed Hughes, the North Kingstown harbormaster, who was at the time following a preset circuit inside the bay, north of Quonset Point. Hughes recalls that the morning was windy, so he initially thought that the whale was a boat on the sea.
But when he took a closer look at it, he realized that it was a humpback whale of about 50 feet. He added that it was an unusual sight to see a whale of such size so deep within the bay.
Fortunately, the harbormaster was inspired enough to take some photos of the unusual occurrence and shared them with us. In the photos we can see the animal breaching high out of the waters with Mount Hope Bridge in the background. The man said that no one would have ever believed him, if it weren’t for the images.
Initially, the man also thought that the whale was struggling to escape a net. But when he noticed that it splashed its fins and tail, he was relieved to learn that it was just playing. From its looks, it appeared to have a real good time.
The 64-year-old man is a veteran of the sea. He said that when he was younger he often went around the world as captain of a commercial charter boat. He has seen humpback whales countless of times out in the ocean, but never inside a bay of this size. He recalls that he did see other interesting animals inside Narragansett Bay.
For instance, in 2014 he saw another rare sight – a beluga whale, but never before had he seen a 50 feet whale in the bay. He has also seen dolphins, which are common in the area. Conservationists at the Department of Environmental Management confirmed that humpback whales are rare in the bay but not unheard of.
The department was called Monday to ensure that the whale was in good condition. The agency concluded that there was nothing wrong with the animal, which was last seen returning to the ocean.
Humpback whales can grow up to 52 feet and weigh about 50 tons. Females are a bit larger than male whales. Humpback whales are often seen in large groups, but the gatherings last only a few days. Humpbacks are famous for their acrobatics and eerie songs used by males when trying to find a mate.
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