Shark Week is here people!
Who would have guessed New York City would become the new Cape Cod with whale and shark sightings? The New York Post this summer, one fisherman waded with a humpback whale off Staten Island and another reeled in a great white shark in the Rockaways. Experts are saying marine life is swimming closer to New York City because cleaner water is spawning more bait.
“New York City is the new Cape Cod,” said Paul Sieswerda, head of tracking group Gotham Whale. “You can see whales and dolphins with the skyline in the background.”
Aboard the American Princess Cruises based in Breezy Point, Queens, Sieswerda’s citizen scientists are cataloguing the city’s marine mammals, particularly humpback whales.
In 2011, Gotham Whale counted five whales in New York waters. A year later they found 25, and in 2013 there were 43 whales. From spring until July 24, there have been 29 whale sightings, Sieswerda said. He says cleaner waters spawn more bait fish, like Atlantic menhaden, which attracts predators, reports NY Post.
On June 30, Ricky Patat, a Staten Island Fisherman spotted a a humpback whale in Raritan Bay and jumped in the water to swim with it. “The eye was the size of my head,” Patat said. “It was one of the greatest things.”
On June 22 a fishermen a mile off Rockaway Beach hooked and released an 80-pound baby great white shark and spotted its mother swimming nearby.
As cool as it is to watch humpback whales breaching from the Empire State Building, I’m great with sharks keeping their distance. We wouldn’t want Sharknado to really happen. But really the big take away from this is that, New York City water is getting cleaner…shocker!
image via New York Post