Rare Whale Sighting takes place off Coast of North Kingstown

Rare Whale Sighting takes place off Coast of North Kingstown

On Monday, a 50-foot humpback whale was spotted splashing around in the nation's smallest state Rhode Island. Harbormaster of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Ed Hughes said he heard a colossal splash in Narragansett Bay on Monday morning when he was making his rounds. Narragansett Bay is the tiny state's proportionally huge body of water.

Hughes mentioned that for the first time in weeks the conditions on the water were ‘cold, windy and miserable’ due to which he initially thought that he had heard an accident.

He thought that it was a boat but when he looked, he was in shock and couldn’t believe what he saw.

Narragansett Bay covers around 25 miles from the Atlantic Ocean north toward the capital city Providence. Hughes added that when he saw the whale, it was nearly halfway up splashing around for roughly 45 minutes.

During this time of year, humpback whale sightings in the area are so rare that even Cory Blount, the manager of a local whale watching company, operates his tour business just during the summer. Even if such a thing happens, Blount said that humpbacks are generally 15-25 miles off shore.

The sighting was surprising probably because humpbacks aren't believed to be lingering around. Alike a number of New Englanders, the humpback starts moving towards warmer climes when the mercury begins to fall every year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mentioned on its website, “In the winter, (humpback whales) migrate to calving grounds in subtropical or tropical waters, such as the Dominican Republic in the Atlantic and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific”.

According to a report from the WSBT, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, harbormaster Ed Hughes said he heard a colossal splash in Narragansett Bay -- the diminutive state's proportionally massive body of water -- when he was making his rounds Monday morning. Hughes said the conditions on the water were "cold, windy and miserable" for the first time in weeks, so his initial thought was that he had heard an accident.

"I thought it was a boat and thought, 'oh, great'." But when he looked, he said he couldn't believe what he saw. "You got to be kidding me!" he said he thought to himself.

50-foot humpback whale made an uncommon trip on Monday deep into Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, where it was spotted breaching and playing for about 45 minutes. North Kingstown Harbormaster Ed Hughes was making the rounds at a marina at Allen Harbor north of Quonset Point on Monday morning during windy conditions when he spotted what he thought was a boat out on the water, told the WashingtonPost.

The SF Chronicle notes that, Hughes grabbed his camera and snapped a few photos of the whale breaching out of the water. The Mount Hope Bridge and sparsely inhabited Prudence Island can be seen behind it. Without the photos, he said, no one would believe he saw what he did.

At first, he thought the animal was caught in netting, but as he watched it splash its tail and fins into the water, he realized it was playing.