NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A group of beachgoers got quite a surprise Tuesday while trying to beat the summer swelter at Rockaway Beach.

Thomas O’Callaghan told CBSNewYork.com he spotted a whale breaching at around 2 p.m. at Beach 128th Street in Belle Harbor.

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It’s not the first time whales have been spotted off the coast of New York City this summer.

Humpback whale feeding less than six miles from New York City. (credit: Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society )

Humpback whale feeding less than six miles from New York City. (credit: Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society )

Just last week the Wildlife Conservation Society released a remarkable photo of a humpback whale breaching just six miles from the Rockaways.

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Earlier this summer, CBS 2 reported more humpback whales are spending time in the region.

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