Thursday, February 3, 2011
Whales and dolphins and seals, oh my!
From the Daily News:
Whales, dolphins and seals have made a triumphant return to the waters just outside New York Harbor - and the comeback has even sparked whale and seal-watching tours.
Tom Paladino, captain of two ferry boats from the Rockaways, says pods of aquatic mammals off the city's coast have "increased tenfold."
"We used to see 10 whales a year - now we see 100," he said. "We saw dolphins almost on a daily basis between June and September."
There are so many more seals in New York Harbor that earlier this month he started weekend tours on his ferry, American Princess.
On one trip last weekend, he counted 14 lolling on a small island off Staten Island.
Cornell University Prof. Chris Clark estimates that as many as 30 to 50 fin whales now live full-time in the waters just past the Verrazano Bridge.