On Tuesday, a humpback whale was caught on camera swimming close to the Statue of Liberty, drawing the attention of the New York media. Later, the whale was spotted in One World Trade Center and New York Harbor.
Reuters posted a Twitter video capturing the rare scene that might take nearly a decade to behold again.
— Reuters UK (@ReutersUK) December 9, 2020
The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation also uploaded the video of the whale, mentioning the recent comeback of this species in NY’s waterways.
Spotted: A humpback whale in the Hudson River! 🐳
Whale sightings have increased in recent years in NY's waterways. Reasons for the uptick may include an improvement in local water quality, & an abundance of food sources like Atlantic menhaden.
— NYC Parks (@NYCParks) December 8, 2020
Bjoern Kils, whose New York Media Boat transports news crews, was lucky enough to witness the sight and be able to take majestical photographs of the whale.
“The whale just blew about 1,000 feet off my bow!”, he said. He spotted the whale at about 10 a.m. ET near Ellis Island. “As we were passing the Statue of Liberty, it flung its tail out of the water – twice!”
To help the mammal creature swim in a safe route, Kils immediately warn other vessels to give it wide berth. Thankfully, there wasn’t much traffic at that time due to the social distancing in the Covid-19 pandemic. It gave the whale a good chance to get out into the ocean.
The appearance of the whale lasted for several hours in which it surfaced every minute to breathe while making its way past New York’s shoreline.
H/T: NBC News