Humpback whales entertain rangers for hours at Myrtle Beach State Park

(WFMY) — Park rangers at Myrtle Beach State Park observed two humpback whales frolicking in the area for a couple of hours on Sunday, according to S.C. State Parks.

Park officials say rangers at the Myrtle Beach State Park pier watched the two humpback whales breaching and slapping their pectorals and flukes for more than one-and-a-half hours. They observed more than 100 breaches, officials say.

S.C. State Parks posted the news on its Facebook page, along with several pictures taken by Scott Hartley, who volunteers with Myrtle Beach State Park.

It’s not the first time whales have been spotted the park. Last November, visitors reported spotting Humpback whales from the park’s pier from dawn to dusk, according to South Carolina State Parks.

Experts say humpback and right whales move through the area about twice a year. Humpback whales, which are more commonly seen in the area, migrate to the Caribbean during the winter months to breed and give birth, officials say. During the summer they migrate back north to feed off the New England and Canadian coasts, according to experts. Generally speaking, experts say they are coming in December and going back in March to April.

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