Thar’ she blows! Whales are back in New York.


I loved doing this story for National Geographic about the return of whales to New York. We went on whale watching cruise around New York harbor two weeks ago. I then interviewed various experts. Here is an extract:

As the boat chugs back to where we started, in Far Rockaway, we take stock of the day.

Two whales. No breaching. And no lunge feeding, when a whale explodes upward out of the water, jaws apart, to gobble up thousands of bunker in one gulp.

I ask Ackerman, the naturalist aboard American Princess, if she is disappointed. “No,” she replies, firmly. “Anytime you see a whale in these waters, it’s an amazing thing.”

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