Maybe it's time to put up "Watch For Whales" signs in NYC harbors!

Why drop up to $50 on a whale watching trip off the coast of Massachusetts when you can catch a whale or two showing off in various New York City harbors?

An article in the Danbury Daily Voice tells the story of Alex Carr and a bunch of his buddies from the Staten Island Zoo who were fishing off the coast of Staten Island in Raritan Bay recently when a Humpback whale decided to put on a show for the guys.

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On Wednesday morning, July 17, Carr's friends reported the gigantic whale was hanging out about 100 feet from their boat where it remained for about a half-an-hour giving the guys plenty of opportunities to snap a bunch of photosHow about some humpback whale fun facts?

  • An average size humpback can hold 5,000 gallons of water in its mouth.
  • Humpbacks measure approximately 38 to 45 feet long and weigh in at around 35 to 40 tons.
  • A humpback's brain weighs about 14 pounds which is 5 times the weight of a human brain.
  • A newborn humpback calf is approximately 12 to 15 feet long and weighs around 1.5 tons.