Humpback Whale Off New Smyrna Beach

Humpback Whale Off New Smyrna Beach
A humpback whale breaches the surface off the coast of New Smyrna Beach.

I was returning from a day of fishing out of Ponce Inlet, and decided to cruise along the coast for a bit on my way back to the inlet when I spotted a large dark object rise up out of the water up ahead.  I slowed the boat to an idle, and waited a minute to see a large humpback whale surface about a hundred yards ahead.  The whale was about a mile offshore, heading northbound.  I followed along at a respectful distance, snapping a photo or two whenever the whale surfaced.

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