While paddle boarding off the Jersey Shore this past weekend, Brian Shea captured footage of his extremely close encounter with a humpback whale.
The New Jersey resident told NBC New York that he took his board out on Saturday in the hopes of seeing a humpback in the water after witnessing a couple of the mammals feeding near the beach recently. He stated that the conditions for whale watching were excellent.
Bringing his GoPro with him while paddle boarding, Shea noticed the whale swimming roughly twenty feet from his board. All of a sudden, the humpback broke through the surface immediately next to him.
“With regards to Saturday’s really close encounter, I was more in awe than afraid as I’ve gotten used to being so close to them and view the entire experience as something I’m so fortunate to see in nature,” he said.
His daughter, however, explained that she felt that the whale came “too close’ to her father after watching the video.
“Generally I’m not scared of the dolphins or whales as they’re not aggressive, but I also respect their space and appreciate that they are wild animals, so anything can happen,” Shea stated.
Watch the clip above, via NBC New York.
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