Father, Son from Bensalem Get Surprise of a Lifetime When Humpback Whale Emerges During their Fishing Trip

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The Bucks County resident's fishing trip was meet with a large visitors.

While out on their boat, a father and son from Bucks County found themselves face to face with one of the largest creatures in the ocean. Staff writers at 6ABC Philadelphia wrote about the harrowing experience.

Doug and Zach Piller, residents of Bensalem, were out on a boat in Belmar, New Jersey when a school of fish were jumping around their boat. Excited by the prospect of a large catch, the two decided to capture the moment on film.

Then, an even larger catch came up to surprise them.

A humpback whale, looking for something to eat, emerged from the water in the middle of the school. Unsurprisingly, the two were not exactly ready for this moment.

“Oh (expletive)! I got that on video!” Zach said in the recording.

And because he got it on video, the father and son’s fishing expedition has gone viral, with viewers around the world watching in awe as the large creature has a close encounter with their boat.

Read more about the massive whale at 6ABC Philadelphia.


Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in October of 2022.

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