This is my personal blog thanks for stopping by. I write about what I see and experience while I am out Whale Watching. I am far from a writer but know my way around the ocean and a camera. My focus is capturing images of Humpback Whales here in the waters of NYC, LI and North NJ also known as the Western New York Bight. 

The following are blogs about things I see while out on the ocean and yes, I will throw in a concert here and there.

I go out on a few boats to get these photos. One boat I own is named the “SHIP OF FOOLS” (SOF) and I run out of Bay Park, East Rockaway N.Y. The other boat is the famous American Princess Cruises (AP) with Gotham Whale (GW) out of Riis Landing in Queens N.Y. It is NYC's only Whale Watching boat and I can't stress this enough...you have to get on the AP for a NYC whale watch, it is incredible!

I work for GW as their social media manager, official photographer, photo manager, and Curator of the NYC Humpback Whale Catalog. As photo curator for GW, I capture images of humpback whales, focusing on markings on the fluke or other areas. I match up the flukes and markings to the whales we have in the NYC Humpback Whale Catalog. When a humpback whale photo has no match to the humpback whale catalog, a number is assigned (example NYC00011) and that whale is now in the catalog. If it's a match, we have a retuning Humpback Whale to the Western Bight.

You can follow the American Princess, Gotham Whale and me on facebook, on Instagram and Twitter You can also email me at Artie Raslich 

5 Humpbacks and 70 Dolphin

October 14, 2017
Some of the best days I have had photographing Humpbacks here in the Western NY Bight as Gotham Whales photographer have been on those days where its dark, grey and foggy. So, when conditions get like this I get my gear ready for a good day. Saturday, October 14 th going out on the Humpback Whale and Dolphin Adventure on the American Princess. The...
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Common and Bottlenose along with #NYC0058

October 08, 2017  •  1 Comment
I love bringing people in on one of the best kept secrets of NYC - the fact that there is an actual real deal 95 foot Whale Watching boat in NYC! The boat is called the American Princess and it departs with Gotham Whale its research arm from Riis Landing, Queens. I cant stress this enough...get on that boat and see this stuff for yourself. You will...
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#NYC0060, 80-100 Dolphins and Gotham Whale researchers out on the water.

September 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
A great day on the American Princess with Gotham Whale! Capt. Tom was at the helm of the American Princess. For Gotham Whale it was Merryl Kafka, Director of Education and onboard Naturalist on the microphone. Yours truly as spotter, photographer and Curator of the Humpback Whale Catalogue along with volunteer Celia Ackerman. Perfect sea conditio...
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Pernod-Ricard's Dolphin Adventure on The American Princess with the ABSOLUT. brand

September 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Thanks to William Doyle​ and Lowell Supran from Pernod-Ricard, representing the ABSOLUT. brand distributed by Southern Wine and Spirits, for chartering the American Princess Cruises​ for a Whale and Dolphin adventure. It was great to see some old friends and try some new ABSOLUT. products. No whales today, the Atlantic Menhaden aka Bunker were har...
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Seasickness is preventable.

September 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
SEASICKNESS!! Do not ruin your and your parties Whale Watching adventure by being Seasick! It can happen to anyone in any type of seas from flat to raging and it is preventable. People who are prone to motion sickness in cars, airplanes, or carnival rides may also be more susceptible to seasickness. However, the motion on different ships affects p...
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The most important fish in the sea.

September 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
READ THIS, IT IS IMPORTANT! YOU LIKE FISHING ON ANY LEVEL FROM THE BACK BAYS TO THE OPEN OCEAN? YOU LIKE SEEING HUMPBACK WHALES AND DOLPHINS OFF THE SHORES OF NEW YORK?? YOU LIKE SEEING OSPREYS AND EAGLES RETURNING TO NEW YORK??? If you do, you are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Amendment either by attending state public hearings or p...
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Bottlenose Dolphins on the CRESLI Great South Channel trip

September 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Sunday September 10, 2017 on the American Princess with Gotham Whale. No humpbacks on the run today but tons of Bunker on the surface and we did meet up with some Inshore Bottlenose Dolphins. The meeting started off slow, a few dolphins seen, then a few more and then many but very spread out over a large area in all directions. A few calves in the...
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30 Dolphins and Kristi's Birtday

September 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Cold, windy and a very large East wind chop was on tap for today but the American Princess goes out because it’s what it does! Capt. Frank at the helm ready for the challenge of finding whales and dolphins for the crowd. Not a large crowd but it didn’t matter because they were into what the day could bring. There was a group on board celebrating a...
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JERRY IS BACK!

August 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Went out late in the day looking for Humpbacks, Dolphin or anything that’s out there. Conditions were perfect! Light winds, no ground swell and near glass to a foot chop on the sea. I was on the SHIP OF FOOLS but did see the American Princess on her way in. We meet up with K-CUP and it was logging and when I say this I mean totally on the surface,...
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Yellowfin Tuna on the CRESLI Great South Channel Trip

August 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I was on the CRESLI trip, run by Artie Kopelman, to the Great South Channel on August 13th to the 15 th. We just left a pod of Risso's Dolphins and Common Dolphins. I was very surprised at the ocean conditions, it was like glass, a very small ground swell and a breath of a wind, in a nutshell - perfect sea conditions. When the ocean is like this...
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Common Dolphin on the CRESLI Great South Channel Trip

August 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Common Dolphin, my favorite Dolphin so far! I Love seeing these mammals out in the ocean. I have seen them here in NYC waters from time to time and they are so much fun to be around. I was on the CRESLI trip, run by Artie Kopelman, to the great south channel on August 13th to the 15 th. We just left a pod of Risso's dolphins and we ran into this...
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RISSO'S DOLPHINS! On the CRESLI Great South Channel Trip

August 14, 2017  •  1 Comment
I had the pleasure of going out on one of the CRESLI bi-yearly trips run by Artie Kopelman to the great south channel, August 13th to the 15th. GSC is a deep channel at the southern end of the Gulf of Maine. GSC’s location is between Georges Bank, Nantucket Shoals and where we went was off the shores of Chatham Massachusetts. It’s a major feeding a...
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Tuesday August 9th. A small Dolphin pod and 2 humpbacks way off.

August 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Tuesday August 9th on the “SHIP OF FOOLS”. Another perfect summer day on the water, 2-3+ ocean swell, light offshore winds, warm water and broken clouds. Jumped in the boat with the cameras and charged out of ER to see “if” I can locate some whales, dolphins or bunker. I love days like these with no chop, flat waters. Yes there is an ocean swell b...
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Sunday August 6th a Humpback in Ambrose. NYC0061 aka New Jersey or Jersey.

August 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Sunday August 6 and it was slated by the weather people to be a top ten weather day of the year, well they failed with that forecast! But it was one hell of a whale watching day. The conditions were cloudy, cool, ZERO Ocean swell, 1 foot wind chop, the wind was gusty out of the SW and the water was still murky from the rain yesterday We charged ou...
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Saturday Aug 5th Whale Watching on the AP with GW. 1 Humpback NYC0060.

August 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Saturday August 5 th on the American Princess with Gotham Whale. A nice day to be out on a whale watch in NYC with an afternoon breeze out of the west, waves 1-3ft, water temp 75. The water was a little murky (its been beautiful all year) but It rained heavy in the overnight into the morning and it’s a full moon so its pull on the ocean increases a...
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