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Maritime Image of the Day: Humpback Whale in New York

PortandTerminal.com, December 10, 2020

NEW YORK CITY – A humpback whale has been caught on camera in front of the Statue of Liberty and other New York landmarks as it paid a visit to the city’s harbour.

Pictures of the marine mammal were captured by photographer Bjoern Kils, 41, who runs a local boat company.

The US Atlantic coast is a migration route for the whales. In recent years, more than a dozen have been seen in New York waters, according to state data. The US Coast Guard confirmed the recent sighting, Reuters news agency reports.

Mr Kils told the BBC that he regularly sees other marine life, such as seals, in the harbour, but it is rare for whales to come in from the ocean. The last one he spotted was in 2016.

An Emmy-Award-nominated photographer, Mr Kils is the chief executive of New York Media Boats, which provides city tours from the water. He also takes pictures of marine wildlife and helps scientific researchers with monitoring work.

Mr Kils grabbed a camera and took to one of his boats after hearing reports of a whale sighting in the area. After a two-hour search, he eventually spotted it near Ellis Island, at around 10:00 local time (15:00 GMT).

With reporting by BBC and Reuters

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