Humpback whale at Jennette’s: ‘Awe inspiring’

By on June 1, 2013

(Daryl Law/

(Daryl Law/

Delane Heath of Mount Airy experienced an up-close encounter with a humpback whale bursting through the surface of the Atlantic Ocean while eating menhaden just north of Jennette’s Pier Saturday morning.

He and his wife first spotted the whale activity from the 1,000-foot-long ocean pier before he paddled out in his 5-foot surf kayak.

“It was a big creature — awe inspiring,” he said when back on the beach. “I could hear the blows and see the fish in its mouth.”

When the water was calm near him he got nervous because he didn’t know when it was going to surface again, Heath said

(Photo and story courtesy of Daryl Law/

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