Humpback whale spotted miles inside Narragansett Bay

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) – A 50-foot humpback whale has made an uncommon trip deep into Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, where it was spotted breaching and playing for about 45 minutes.

North Kingstown Harbormaster Ed Hughes was at a marina north of Quonset Point on Monday when he spotted what he thought was a boat before realizing it was a humpback.

He snapped a few photos of the whale breaching, with the Mount Hope Bridge behind it. Without those, he says, no one would believe him.

The 64-year-old Hughes says he has worked on the water his whole life and has seen humpbacks, but never miles into the bay.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Management says officers checked on the whale. It was in good condition and last seen headed south.

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