Looking for a bein hazmanim trip? How about whale watching?
You are not the only one who likes Lakewood herring.
Humpback whale sightings between New Jersey shore and Long Island have increased dramatically. The whales are staying for longer and returning year-after-year, according to a recent study.
The results of the study show that more than half of the whales that visit the New York Bight Apex (the area between Long Island and the New Jersey coast) stay there longer and are likely to return from one year to the next. These whales are specifically in the area stretching east to Fire Island and south to Manasquan Inlet.
So why do these whales keep coming here? Because of the herring, of course. Researchers think they may be following the Atlantic menhaden, which is consistently available in the New York and New Jersey coasts. These herrings are commercially fished and have increased in abundance in the past decade.