Spotted: Humpback whale off the coast of Staten Island

July 18, 2019 - 9:36 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  A humpback whale was spotted near the Raritan Bay off the coast of Staten Island on Tuesday morning.

“All of us on the boat we were all shocked.” Alex Carr, told the New York Post.

Carr was out celebrating a friend’s birthday with a pack of co-workers from the Staten Island Zoo. “A lot of us were born and raised on Staten Island, and we’ve never seen a whale this close to us before.”

The beast breached about 100 feet from the boat that Carr and his buddies were riding around 8:30 a.m.

“It was the size of a Range Rover truck,” Carr said. “It stood right around us. We didn’t go into his territory, but we watched it for at least 30, 40 minutes.”

Carr believes there might have been two whales in the water because he kept seeing them surface in different places although he never saw more than one animal come up at once.

Some whale-watchers have said that the recent rise in sightings of these massive mammals can be attributed to a cleaner harbor and the resurgence of a feeder-fish species called Menhaden.

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