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12.11.14 Prachi Gupta

On land, New York’s ecology may not be that exciting, but the waters boast some impressive wildlife (and no, we’re not taking a sarcastic jab at the Gowanus Canal). The BBC reports that the numbers of the endangered humpback whale are increasing off the coast of New York City, with whale-watchers spotting the mammal 106 […]

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10.10.14 Marina Galperina

On Thursday, a finback whale washed up on the shore of Smith Point County Park in eastern Long Island. Unlike the other mysterious animal death this week, there were no visible signs of injury. NBC reports that the 58-foot whale was in a state of advanced decomposition and was probably dead for a very long time, […]

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08.25.14 Sophie Weiner

Tourists have discovered a new attraction, previously hidden by the waters around New York City — whale watching. While it may not be as exciting as the lights of Times Square and its suddenly notorious mascots, visitors to the city are apparently thrilled to sit on a boat and wait for a glimpse of a humpback […]

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05.02.14 Bucky Turco

No Time magazine, a beached whale that was found dead in Atlantic City with “Tau Epsilon Phi” spray painted on it doesn’t constitute a “mural” and most likely wasn’t the work of “graffiti artists” as reported. While I understand that “graffiti” has historically been used as a catch-all phrase to mean everything from names carved […]

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09.27.13 Andy Cush

Captain Steve Rauchut was returning from a fishing trip in the East Rockaway Inlet Wednesday when he snapped the above photo of Humpback Whales feeding just off of Far Rockaway, Queens. He saw three at a time, and estimates there were three to five whales total. “It was 30 feet or less that they were […]

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01.22.13 Marina Galperina

How about we stop dragging gigantic mammals out of the ocean, sticking them into glorified bathtubs and humiliating with them into doing dumb trick for scraps while sweaty crowds of gawkers cheer on? Oh, no? In 2010, Sea World’s Tilikum a 12,000-pound “performing whale” caused the deaths of three people including a highly skilled orca […]

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01.14.13 Andy Cush

From now until April humpback whales will gather off the coast of Hawaii for mating season. In hopes of attracting their counterparts, males will sing their beautiful, eerie songs, with long, complex, repeating melodies that can last for hours on end. Since 2003, Hawaii’s Jupiter Research Foundation has been dropping waterproof microphones 60 feet into […]

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12.27.12 Andy Cush

This one’s a heartbreaker. Animal rescue specialists from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they’ve done all they can to help the endangered finback whale that washed up on the beach at Breezy Point yesterday, and that it is very likely to die. The rescuers arrived […]

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12.26.12 Andy Cush

At around 10:40 this morning, an enormous whale was spotted washed up on the beach near Beach 216th Street and Palmer Place in Breezy Point. Police officers and firefighters immediately responded, spraying the animal with water in an effort to keep it hydrated while marine mammal specialists showed up. According to the Daily News, there’s […]

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04.15.10 Marina Galperina

Whenever an elephant, a toddler, a dog, or a whale gets famous for painting, art school kids die a little inside. Apparently, Beluga whales (that look a lot like dolphins) like this one from China are smarter than other whales and have soft tissue around their mouths. Both traits are conducive to swirling paint on […]

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