Residents and authorities spotted a humpback whale in the Hudson River on Friday, and it is the farthest north a specimen has ever been seen.
The animal was seen swimming near the GW Bride, although marine biologists are not sure why it was there. The authorities took some photos of the whale when it breached the surface and tweeted them.
In addition, the whale was filmed from a helicopter as well. According to Paul Sieswerda, Gotham Whale Watch Founder never before has anyone seen a humpback whale swimming in the Hudson River near the GW Bridge.
Sieswerda said that he was worried that the large marine mammal could collide with a ship. He and his team hope that the humpback whale is well. Also, they believe that it was chasing fish. It is worth mentioning that biologists are not surprised by this event because more whales have been spotted around the Jersey Shore and New York Harbor over the past few years.
Conservationists explain that the presence of an increasing number of humpback whales in recent years point to the fact that street runoff, industrial discharges, and sewage have a harmful impact on the environment because there is more plankton near the shore.
Small fish such as menhaden usually feed on plankton, while menhaden are whale’s favorite prey. Biologists and authorities alerted boaters to be careful and slow down. This way, they will be able to avoid colliding with a whale.
Although these whales represent some kind of a touristic attraction, their unusual behavior is a clear sign that the ecosystem is suffering. Many humpback whales and other species of marine mammals, including white sharks, have been washed ashore this year on several beaches across the United States.
Experts have conducted an extensive investigation during the autopsies, but they haven’t been able to establish the exact cause that led to the death of these large animals. Most scientists believe that these marine mammals suffer the consequences of pollution.
Biologists and authorities will take active measures to reduce the level of pollution in the Hudson River. Also, experts will continue their research to understand more about the unusual behavior of the humpback whale.
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