WATCH: Migrating whales put on a show off Jersey coastline
Whales are migrating off the Jersey Shore giving quite a show to boaters and fishermen.
Fish and other marine life have started their annual fall migration off the coast but it's breaching humback whales that are getting the most attention.
"They come closest to the shore. They use the shoreline to pin the bait up so they can eat it," Bob Schoelkopf, founder and director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, told the Asbury Park Press.
Kassidy Kawa told the Press she was fishing with her family on Sunday and saw a humpback come straight out of the water. "It came within 10 feet, it was shocking. It jumped out of the water and slammed back down. Our boat was shaking, the splash was so big and powerful after it landed that it felt like our boat was going to tip over."
An Old Bridge man caught a video of a whale breaching in Raritan Bay a week earlier.
"It looked like the side of a freakin' Volkswagen!," Anthony D'Angelis told SILive.com of the whale he and his brother spotted as the were fishing off Mount Loretto Unique Area in the Tottenville section of Staten Island. He said it came up near a 23-boat, which looked much smaller in comparison.