Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Cleaner" Atlantic Waters Might be Humpback Whale Attraction

Humpback whale tail photo by C. Coimbra
No everyone has experienced the awe and joy of watching humpback whale frolic in the water.  They are creatures of joy, and it appears that they have returned to the waters outside of New York City.  Here is an excerpt from a recent story:

"It is truly remarkable, within miles of the Empire State Building, to have one of the largest and most charismatic species ever to be on this planet," said Howard Rosenbaum, director of the Ocean Giants program at the Wildlife Conservation Society, as quoted by the Associated Press.

An impressive 87 humpback whale sightings have been reported this year, with at least 19 distinct humpbacks identified based on their markings.

Humpback reports have been increasing since 2010, and 33 were reported in 2013.

"It was pretty slim pickings at first, actually," Paul Sieswerda, founder of Gotham Whale, told the AP. "We went on many cruises and had three sightings totaling five whales in 2011."

Conservationists like Rosenbaum say the higher number of whale sightings may be related to cleaner water and other environmental factors.

--From Auto News

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