There is a lot to see in the great big city of New York. And now there is one more thing to add to that list, a natural wonder to behold in the Hudson River. As it turns out, a humpback whale has taken a tour of the river – much to the surprise of the city’s residents. On December 7th, the massive mammal was spotted swimming in the river’s water.
The humpback whale was removed from the endangered species list back in 2016. Since then, the species has seen a comeback including being captured on camera swimming in the Hudson. The image was filmed by Bjoern Kils, a photojournalist who also manages the New York Media Boat. It not only holds tours but is also used by news crews to go back and forth across the river. According to Insider, the photographer was quite surprised to see the whale swimming along, and capturing the image definitely turned out to be a little bit of a challenge.
Kils shared that it was a very cool moment and one that brightened up the day. And with the COVID-19 pandemic, Kils has seen a decline in tourism for the company. He stated that when they see a whale in the area, it’s a big deal since things have been so slow recently.
In fact, Kils’ boat spent a whole four hours pursuing the whale – plenty of time to try and get photos of it. But Kils wasn’t the only one intrigued by the sight of a whale swimming along the busy New York waterway.
Another New Yorker, Andrés Javier, saw the mammal swimming through the river just before sunset. He was by the Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 when he spotted the sight and managed to get a little bit of footage which he then uploaded to Twitter.
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His tweet was later shared by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation who used the clip to point out several reasons why the whales may have made their way back. Most likely the reason for their rise in numbers is because better quality water has attracted an increase in their natural food sources.
for those requesting our 🗽🐋video without the text! pic.twitter.com/DxJF9WuKQQ
— Andrés (@AndresJavierNYC) December 8, 2020
The whale sighting was later confirmed by the U.S. Coast Guard who told Reuters that there were no plans to do anything to interfere with the animals unless there was an emergency that requires them to get involved. Other than that, they let the whales do their own thing in the river. There has been an increase in the number of whale sightings ever since five were spotted back in 2011. In fact, in 2019, there were three hundred whale sightings in the Hudson!
Glad to see that the whales are coming back to their natural habitat.
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