Dolphins Ospreys and Whales…Oh My!
We are spending time at the beautiful New Jersey Shore. Not the beach, not the ocean, in New Jersey it is “The Shore.” Don’t ask, I don’t know why. In Jersey we do not fill our gas tanks, and we go to “The Shore”, oh yeah, and we have a diner in every town.
The beach today was a comfortable 75 degrees, the ocean a not so comfortable 55 degrees.
I stayed out of the ocean.
What do you do at the shore when the water is 55 degrees? You get tanned, you read a James Patterson book, do a bunch of crossword puzzles and listen to Meatloaf. Well, everyone does not do that, but that is what I did today.
I also look at the ocean.
Looking at the ocean is boring you say? Yes, it can be. It is relaxing, but it does get boring…unless you really look. It helps if you look with binoculars. There is not much to see just staring out to sea without binoculars. With binoculars it can get interesting.
Today I was perusing a nothing to see ocean when I noticed way out there were several large schools of bunker. To the naked eye they are just dark spots in the water. Up close there are fish jumping. Something must be making the bunker jump.
Sure enough, after watching the bunker school for a bit I spotted several dolphin feeding. The dolphin moved on and a little later I saw a puff of sea spray.
Whales! Two of them. Up close and personal with the binoculars they put on quite a show, at one point one came straight up out of the water in a feeding frenzy. While the whales were feeding on bunker my vision was interrupted by a diving osprey who then flew away with his own bunker in its claws.
Just a quiet day at the Jersey shore. Not much to do except relax.
Oh yeah, also dolphins, ospreys and whales.