Humpback whales spotted off Atlantic Beach

The Riverhead Foundation says it has received several reports of whales in the Atlantic Beach area recently, and says they are likely hanging around because it has proven to be a good feeding ground. (9/16/13)

ATLANTIC BEACH - Several people from the Atlantic Beach area have a whale of a tale to tell after they spotted some giant creatures not far from the shore today.

A News 12 Long Island viewer called this morning to report a whale sighting not far off the coast. Chopper 12 was overhead as several humpback whales and a pod of dolphins surfaced and swam in the water.

Ben Segan, 89, wasn't sure what he was seeing when he spotted a whale from his window at the Nautilus Hotel in Atlantic Beach. "I didn't know if it was a whale, a dolphin or a boat," he said. "All I know is that it was above the water and it disappeared under the water. I thought maybe somebody was in a boat and it sunk."

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Jim Hammer, of Farmingdale, says he has fished in the local waters for years but had never seen a whale before today.

The Riverhead Foundation says it has received several reports of whales in the Atlantic Beach area recently, and says they are likely hanging around because it has proven to be a good feeding ground.

The foundation warns that people shouldn't go near them, because they are only concerned with feeding and humans should not interfere.

For extended Chopper 12 footage over the whales, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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