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They Saw WHAT in NYC!?

August 14, 2014

If you head to the Big Apple for your summer vacation, there are plenty of sights to see — Central Park, the Empire State Building...

But you probably wouldn’t put “humpback whales” on that list.

Researchers from the marine wildlife tracking group Gotham Whale have spotted the giant mammal as close as four miles from the Statue of Liberty.

The group spotted 29 whales between the start of feeding season in spring and the end of July. Compare that to just five total sightings for the whole season back in 2011.

Researchers say cleaner waters in the Hudson River have led to increased populations of fish, drawing the whales and even great white sharks in closer to the shore.

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