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Fishing trip includes a really big mammal

About 5 miles offshore on their way back to Bluffton from a fishing trip for wahoo Saturday, Rhonda Manley-Mims and Jay Smith saw a humpback whale break the surface. Smith noticed a dark object come to the surface, stopped the boat and told Mims to get her camera. Dave Morin, marine mammal assistant with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, identified the mammal. The whale is a protected species.
About 5 miles offshore on their way back to Bluffton from a fishing trip for wahoo Saturday, Rhonda Manley-Mims and Jay Smith saw a humpback whale break the surface. Smith noticed a dark object come to the surface, stopped the boat and told Mims to get her camera. Dave Morin, marine mammal assistant with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, identified the mammal. The whale is a protected species. Photo by Rhonda Manley-Mims

Whale sightings are not a common occurrence off the coast of South Carolina, but some Bluffton fishermen were among the lucky few Saturday.

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