New Jersey paddle boarder captures close encounter with whale on camera

NEW JERSEY (WFLA/NBC) – A paddle boarder in New Jersey had an amazing close encounter with a humpback whale over the weekend.

Brian Shea captured the footage.

The Jersey Shore local took his board out on Saturday hoping to see one of the whales.

He said he had recently seen two humpback whales less than a mile from the beach.

He said he usually brings his GoPro with him “because you never know what you’re going to come across in the ocean.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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