RED BANK, NJ: Whales were fairly plentiful off the Jersey coast from the 17th century to the early 19th century with Colonial settlers posting lookouts from Sandy Hook to Delaware Bay. Once sighted, whalers would set off in small boats to harpoon and kill the mammal, tow it to shore, cut it up and boil the blubber down into oil. Whale oil was used principally as lamp fuel and for producing soap.
The Navesink Maritime Heritage Association is offering a free presentation by Abby van Hemmen, a marine naturalist for Seastreak’s whale watching tours, who will provide an overview of her first year on the water off Sandy Hook.
VanHemmen will offer an inside look on the preparation for the upcoming whale watching season using photographs from the 2020 season taken from the boat. Descriptions and identifying each of the diverse species encountered including biology, life history, conservation and current research will be shared.
This is something the kids will absolutely like. Mark the calendar on your smartphone, this one event not to be missed. You must register to attend.
When: Wednesday, April 21
Time: 7:30pm via a ZOOM
Registration: to register, click HERE.
You will receive your ZOOM email link on Wednesday, April 19 after 5:00pm.
To see a list of Seastreak's upcoming fantastic daytrips and gateways, click HERE.
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