Cape Gazette

Whale spotted off Boardwalk in Rehoboth

MERR: Sightings not uncommon during the summer
By Taggart Houck | Aug 06, 2014
Video by: Tracy Angstadt Video is below story.

Rehoboth Beach — A whale swimming just offshore was spotted from the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach about 7 a.m. Aug 4.

Suzanne Thurman, executive director of the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute Inc., said that while whales migrate in the fall and spring seasons, it is not uncommon to spot a whale during the summer.

"It's normal for a large whale to be sighted," Thurman said. "Most of our sightings in the summer tend to be humpback whales."

Thurman said that recently a whale was reported to have been dragged by a vessel off the coast of Cape May, but she said there is not enough information to link the recent sighting to the whale off Cape May.

Call The Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute Inc.'s 24 hour tip-line at 302-228-5029 if you have any information on the sighting.

The Cape Gazette welcomes photos of the whale sighted today just offshore. Send them to We will post as many as possible to our website.

Whale Sighting in Rehoboth Beach
(Video by: Tracy Angstadt)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Gregg W Rosner | Aug 04, 2014 16:01

Likely suspect, a Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeanglie) an endangered species migrating semi-yearly off coastal Delaware, and one of 36 marine mammals and sea turtles that are present seasonly in our local waters. Why is Rehoboth Beach still planning an toxic municipal outfall into the marine environment where this whale was sighted? Money and a cheap solution?  Where is the ethical disconnect? Oceans are not an endless sink where we can deposit all our wastewater forever. Make no misconceptions about everyone's responsibility to be better conservation stewards in 2014.

The negative feedback loop of such anthropogenic stressors as chemicals, plastics, shipping noise and habitat loss can't be re-engineered into a healthy marine ecosystem. And that means forever and ever and ever. There is no Planet B.

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