Growing Number of Whales and Sharks in NYC Indicate Cleaner Waters

by , 08/14/14

While you might think Sharknado 2 would be your only chance to see a shark in New York City, sightings of large sea creatures in the area have actually increased this summer. So why are sharks and whales choosing to vacation around the city in lieu of swimming up the coast like they have in the past? Researchers are citing healthier, cleaner waters and increasing fish populations as the reasons these big fish are feeding closer to the Big Apple.

Gotham Whale is a volunteer marine wildlife-tracking group that has been working to catalog the 49 humpback whales they’ve sighted in New York waters since the beginning of the spring feeding season to the end of July 2014. Previously, 43 whales were seen for the whole 2013 season. In 2012, 25 were spotted and in 2011, a mere five.

“The (Hudson) river used to bring nothing but pollution but in the last five years or so there is cleaner water, more nutrients and less garbage,” said Paul Sieswerda, head researcher of Gotham Whale, to The Guardian.

RELATED: Joggers Spot a Dolphin in the East River 

Recently, a group of fishermen caught hold of an 80-pound baby white shark just off the coast of Rockaway Beach in Queens. Luckily, they let the three-foot-long creature back into the waters to join its mother, who was swimming near the back of their boat.

+ Gotham Whale

via The Guardian


1 Comment

  1. Knoedelmann August 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm
    I don't believe in this theory. The reason why such big animals are getting closer to cities (all over the world) is because we are destroying their habitat so they need to get closer in order to hunt, have cleaner water than at other parts of the ocean, ...