New York Whale Watching Is A Thing Now

August 25, 2014 | 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 whale.

Researcher Paul Sieswerda told CBS, “It’s been the best-kept secret in New York for some time now and I think people are catching on.” 

Sieswerda runs a group called Gotham Whale, who have counted 52 whale sightings so far this summer, nearly twice the number that was recorded in 2012. Seiswerda said this could be attributed to the return of menhaden, a small fish that the whales rely on for food. Due to the popularity of whale watching trips this summer, you have another month to go check one out. Maybe. (Photo: Wikipedia)