Lifeguards Try To Save Jersey Shore Beached Whale [Video]
There have been an awful lot of whale stories from the Jersey Shore in just the last few weeks alone, and today we're seeing video of valiant efforts to save a whale that had become beached right on the Jersey Shore.
It was only a week ago (exactly, in fact), that we heard about the whale vs. boat encounter in the waters off of Seaside Park.
Thankfully, that story ended just fine for both the boaters and the whale.
Today's story, though, unfortunately didn't have as happy of an ending.
A listener sent us video and photos of a whale that had run aground at the Monroe Avenue Beach in Spring Lake.
The video shows a group of lifeguards and members of the public trying to push the animal back into the ocean:
Unfortunately, the task was too big, both literally and figuratively, for the group to save the whale.
For another angle of the attempted rescue, RL Photography & Films posted some drone video of the incident:
It eventually died on the beach and had to be removed by heavy equipment:
This follows not only the Seaside Park encounter, but a number of whale sightings in the waters of both Monmouth and Ocean Counties in only the last few weeks.
Earlier in June a drone photographer caught some amazing video of a humpback whale in Monmouth County, and another close encounter with a boat in the Shrewsbury River at the end of May that the Marine Mammal Stranding Center described as "a glancing blow".
We'll keep you updated on the story about the Spring Lake whale beaching as we get details.