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!

Follow me on facebook, Instagram, Twitter and you can email me at araslich@gmail.com 

NYC0071 Second Rescue Effort by CCS, USCG and Gotham Whale.

December 02, 2017
December 2nd is my last whale watching for the 2017 season on the SHIP OF FOOLS, it’s not my choice but my boat needs to be out of the water on November 30 th, but something Important was happening on the 2 nd so I pushed the date back a few days! The Marine Animal Entanglement Response team (MAER) from the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) was bac...
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Reynolds Channel Whale Event/Incident Action Plan

November 18, 2017
Reynolds Channel Whale Event/Incident Action Plan. I need to say it was an honor and a privilege to be part of this operation, it was an incredible opportunity. I had no idea how much preparation, man hours and hard work it takes to go from start to finish on a situation like this. The start time for briefing was 6am and mission start time was...
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Reynolds the Humpback Whale situation.

November 17, 2017
Reynolds the Humpback Whale situation. The first effort by the DEC was valiant and I appreciate that an effort was at least exercised. It failed because it was one boat, lacking backup support due to it being a “Monitoring Operation”. There needs to be monitoring time, it’s been more than 10 days, everyone knows where we are at. It’s now “time to...
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"Operation Reynolds" Trying to help save Reynolds the Humpback In Reynolds Channel

November 16, 2017
I am no whale expert, I have more knowledge than some and much less knowledge than others. I also am not a writer, read on...you have been warned. Here is my facebook, twitter and Instagram if you want to follow Since last week I have been getting reports and seeing mentions of a Humpback in Reynolds channel. Reynold’s channel is a very wide and d...
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Rescue effort for Humpback Whale NYC0071 from CCS and USCG off Long Beach, NY.

November 12, 2017
On Sunday November 12 th, 2017, the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team (MAER) from the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) was off the Long Island Coast, specifically Lido West and Long Beach this weekend and here’s why. I was out on the SHIP OF FOOLS November 3 rd and met up with a Humpback Whale. I got a great fluke shot, looked at it on the...
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Dolphins at sunset and 2 Fin Back Whales.

November 01, 2017
I got home a little late to go out on a Whale Watch but with just 30 days left in my whale watching season, everyday counts, I must go out. I was on the boat ready to push off and a friend Andrea walks over. I said, jump on, let’s go on a whale watch and then there were two! The conditions looked good on the reports 1-2 ocean swell light winds. WR...
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An early morning family whale watch on the SHIP OF FOOLS.

October 22, 2017
Sunday, October 22nd my sisters wanted to do a whale watch and what a perfect day for it, bright sunshine, 75 degrees, very light winds and ocean conditions were flat and glassy. Went out of ER inlet and we got on a whale quick. It was a lazy whale, going at its own speed and passing on some serious bunker pods, this whale was in sleep mode or it...
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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 Birthday

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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