This is my personal blog, 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 documenting Humpback Whales here in the waters of NYC, LI and North NJ also known as the Western New York Bight.

I work for Gotham Whale as their official photographer and Photo Curator of the NYC Humpback Whale Catalog (NYCHWC). As Photo Curator, I focus on markings on the fluke or other areas. I match up the flukes and markings to the whales we have in the NYCHWC. When a humpback whale photo has no match to the NYCHWC, a number is assigned (example NYC00011) and that whale is now in the catalog. If it's a match, we have a returning Humpback Whale to the Western Bight. I also am responsible for GW’s facebook page and share social media responsibilities on Twitter and Instagram.

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 (AP) with Gotham Whale (GW) out of Riis Landing in Queens N.Y. The AP is NYC's only whale watching boat and I can't stress this enough...you must get on the AP for a NYC whale watch, it is incredible!

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Dead Humpback Whale on Long Beach - The Circus is in town!

May 19, 2018
How sad is this! AND I am not just talking about the dead Humpback Whale on the beach, I’m talking about the crowd, their actions and everything about it. The Circus is town! 5-18-2018 An adolescent, 2-6 years old, 33-foot Female Humpback Washed up on the barrier island beach called Long Beach in Nassau County on Long Island NY. A very populated a...
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WHAT A DAY! 2 Humpbacks and 1 was an acrobat!

May 12, 2018
WHAT A D AY! Today was one of the best American Princess Whale Watches I have ever been on...PERIOD! Saturday May 12 th NOON, Conditions at the time of the cruise “GOOD” – DRY, cloudy/overcast, air temp 59, water temp 54, winds E-ESE 8-15, 1-2ft chop. We met up with the first whale very quickly. It was the same one we saw on Sunday (the one that...
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Saturday May 5th. One "NEW" Humpback #NYC0078 aka "CINCO" and 70 Dolphin

May 05, 2018
May 5 th the first Whale Watch for Gotham Whale on the American Princess Cruises in the 2018 Whale Watching season. The ocean conditions were perfect with light variable winds and a 5-foot ground swell. A small crowd on hand but they made up for it with enthusiasm. We pushed off at noon and headed out to sea. We came upon a small pod of dolphins o...
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Press coverage using my photos.

April 16, 2018
This is where I will post some of the media coverage that includes my photos. ABC NEWS - Why whales are returning to New York City's once polluted waters 'by the ton' Pew Trust - Support Pours In for Conserving Menhaden Along the Atlantic Coast Pew Trust - 5 Keys to Improving Ocean Health Popular Science - Why whales are back in New York City...
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Saturday April 14th 2018, Swinburne Island Seals

April 14, 2018
Conditions were very nice at the beginning of the run. Light winds at the start, picking up as the cruise went on. Temps were in the 70’s at the dock when we pushed off and it did get a little chilly at times on that open water. Ocean waves are not a factor with the Seal cruise to Swinburne Island, NY bay/harbor was a flat to 1ft chop. A nice crow...
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Saturday April 07th 2018, Swinburne Island Seals

April 07, 2018
N winds 5 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Waves on upper NY Harbor were 1 ft or less. Air temp a cold 42 degrees and partly cloudy skies. A good crowd on the American Princess today The Seal and Sea Bird watches on the American Princess today was perfect. Charged out of Riis landing and headed straight for Swinburne Island. We were met by 40-45...
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Saturday March 31st 2018, Swinburne Island Seals

March 31, 2018
Saturday March 31st, I went on the American Princess Cruises Seal and Sea Bird watch. Bright sunshine, 45 degrees, light winds and the waters of Lower NY Harbor were calm. We pushed off at noon and made our way to Swinburne Island to catch sight of what’s on and around the island. Its always a nice cruise to the island and we get an intimate look a...
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First Seal Watch on the AP with GW

March 24, 2018
Saturday March 24 th, is the start of the 2018 season on the American Princess with Gotham Whale with the first Seal and Sea Bird cruise, it was a good one. Nice weather, mostly cloudy, highs in the mid-40s. Northwest winds around 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, the Lower NY Harbor was showing a 1-foot chop at times. Over all, great conditions for...
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Washed up deceased humpback on Breezy Point.

February 13, 2018
I received these photos a day before this post on 2-12-18. They were sent to me by the first person on the scene Dana Filipini and all photo credit goes to Dana. The sub-adult 30ft Humpback Whale was found on Breezy Point beach NY, the whale was washed up dead. It’s unknown how long the whale was there on the beach, but it looks like it was not th...
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Oil and Water dont mix - The Risks From Offshore Oil Drilling Event

February 07, 2018
Ever hear of the old saying "oil and water don't mix" well its true! And if this goes through and when (not if) there is an Oil Spill...our costal waters will be destroyed! An event hosted by Gotham Whale, All Our Energy, Surfrider Foundation - Central Long Island Chapter, Oceana - New York, Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, C...
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RIP #NYC0056

January 30, 2018
In early January 2018, we lost another humpback whale that we know! The whale is documented as #NYC0056 in the NYC Humpback Whale Catalog maintained by Gotham Whale. #56 washed up on the Virginia shore on 1-7-18 and the necropsy was performed by Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program, overseen by NOAA Fisheries. They estimated the whale to be...
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Necropsy of the East Atlantic Beach - West Long Beach Humpback.

December 27, 2017
These photos are of a Necropsy - an autopsy of a Humpback Whale. They are not for the faint of heart. Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) was down today doing the necropsy on the beached humpback whale in East Atlantic Beach - West Long Beach area. All hands-on deck for this one, the more hands the faster it will go and that’s really goo...
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Beached Whale

December 26, 2017
Got a call on a humpback whale that was deceased and washed up on the shore of the barrier island of Long Beach/Atlantic Beach, Long Island N.Y. I called in to the USCG Station in Jones Beach and Atlantic Marine Conservation Society to let them know about the whale. I arrived at the spot and saw the sad sight of the beached humpback whale. NCPD wa...
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