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Possible Humpback Whale Recorded in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay

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Boaters in the Chesapeake Bay record a possible sighting of humpback whale.

Chartered fishing tours are nothing new on Chesapeake Bay. The area is known for producing a wide variety of fish, many of whom can be caught year round. Sturgeon, mackerel, pike, and even some species of shark are all common in the waters of Chesapeake Bay.

Anglers on a chartered fishing boat on Friday, however, caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a bit out of the ordinary.

Caution: Language in the video may not be appropriate for all audiences.

As seen in the clip, a large creature could be witnessed breaching the surface far off in the distance. The crew and anglers suspect the the creature to be a humpback whale measuring as much as 40 feet in length. Humpbacks, which can be identified by their dark coloration, humped or arched backs, and uniquely patterned white and black tails, can be found in every major ocean, though a sighting this far into Chesapeake Bay is uncommon.

The sighting in the video took place near Solomon's Island, Maryland. The large mammals often live alone, though they are considered friendly creatures and can also be found in small groups. A full grown humpback whale can measure over 50 feet.


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Possible Humpback Whale Recorded in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay