Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thar she blows!

From the Times Ledger:

Whale and dolphin sightings in the Rockaways have increased over the last five years, making American Princess watch and adventure cruises that launching from Riis Landing in Breezy Point the new popular pastime.

Tom Paladino, owner and captain of American Princess Cruises, said the abundance of sightings is due to cleaner waters and an increased food chain.

“There is definitely an increase in bait food called bunker [menhaden] along with sand eels and the mammals go where the food is,” Paladino said. “A possible contributing factor can also be warmer waters and climate change.”

The most common species of whales and dolphins, which have been spotted in the Rockaways, Long Island and the Jersey shore, have been humpback and fin whales and bottlenose and common dolphins, according to Paladino.

“I have been giving four-hour tours for the last seven years to view these mammals in the wild, but the last few weeks there have been multiple whale and dolphin sightings every day and the boat has been packed — it’s amazing,” Paladino said. “Last week there were humpback whales breaching and putting on a terrific show during all our tours and dolphins have been spotted in groups.”

The cruises are scheduled Wednesdays through Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Anonymous said...

Anyone for whale steaks?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Not Comrie- Moby Stavisky.
And 2) Tom- old Elsie and the boys of the Tamaqua send their regards.

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 1: Anyone for idiot steaks?

JQ said...

Better enjoy these wondereous sights as soon as possible.Because once Crooked Andy gets re-elected(or Astorino wins),the fracking of the marcellus shale will begin and all that super-enriched natural gas will be flowing in those pipes they laid out there this summer.Soon the waters will be tainted with radon,and if the pipes aren't secure,methane.If this blows up,i'd be shocked if there'll be jellyfish left.

If this is alarmist,fine.But watching those rigs out there getting closer to shore as the summer winded down was revolting.It reminded of deepwater horizon.This is not going to end well.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Number 4:

I'd suggest you dust off you sense of humor, if you have one.

Anon No. 4 said...

I have a great sense ofhumor. You don't.