SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) – Two people survived after they were tossed into the ocean when a breaching whale capsized their boat along the New Jersey shore. The occupants of the 25-foot boat were fishing close to the shore Monday when the whale surfaced and knocked the vessel out of the water.

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They managed to swim to shore and the boat eventually washed up on the beach.

There were no reports of injuries.

The whale swam away.

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“The whale did what whales usually do – they’re looking for food, and they don’t pay attention,” Robert Schoelkopf, the director of the Brigantine-based Marine Mammal Stranding Center told

Schoelkopf told the Asbury Park Press that it likely was a humpback whale that was feeding on menhaden close to shore. His staff collected DNA samples from the bottom of the boat in hopes of identifying the type of whale.

A paddleboater up the coast last week watched as a humpback whale fed on fish close to the beach in Manasquan.

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