Learning by listening to the whales of New York

Breaching humpback whale. Credit: Carl Safina

Breaching humpback whale. Credit: Carl Safina

Co-authored by Carl Safina

New York City may be home to more than 8.4 million people, but here also resides quite a bit of wildlife. On a recent summer afternoon in the Big Apple, I spotted hoards of colorful songbirds and dozens of squirrels in street-side trees; several red-tailed hawks in the skies; and a pair of enormous, duckweed-encrusted snapping turtles in a Central Park pond.

Yet, had I looked off toward the sea, there’s a chance I could have seen some other pretty cool creatures: whales. At least seven species have been living off New York’s coastlines for centuries: blue, humback, fin, sei, minke, and sperm whales; as well as the now critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Yet scientists know little about these whales of New York.

Click here to read the full post originally published in National Geographic Voices, July 15, 2016.

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