This is my personal Humpback Whale 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 capturing images of Humpback Whales here in the waters of NYC, Long island and North NJ also known as the Western New York Bight. There are blogs about other things I see while out and I will throw in a concert here and there.

I go out on a few boats. One boat I own is named the “SHIP OF FOOLS” (SOF). It is out of Bay Park, East Rockaway N.Y. and what I go whale watching on when I am not on the AP. The other boat is may favorite to be on and its the famous American Princess Cruises (the AP) with Gotham Whale (GW) out of Riis Landing in Queens N.Y. It is NYC's only Whale Watching boat and I cant stress this enough...get on the AP for a NYC whale watch, it is incredible!

I work for GW as their official photographer, photo manager and photo curator of the “NYC Humpback Whale Catalog”. No matter what boat I whale watch on, I represent GW.

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 I receive a humpback whale photo, if there is no match to the humpback whale catalog, a number is assigned (example NYC00011) and that whale is now in the catalog. If its a match, we have a retuning Humpback Whale to the Western Bight.

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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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Finback Whale in NYC...NOW that's nuts!

July 30, 2017  •  4 Comments
Sunday July 30 th on the “SHIP OF FOOLS”. A perfect summer day to be on the water, 1-3ft ocean long period swell, light offshore winds, warm water and bright sunshine. Boy, did the Marine Weather forecasters get this weekend prediction horribly wrong for the waters of NYC! They predicted gale force winds and 4-8 ft swells and it turned out to be pe...
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Whales, Cownose Rays and Dolphins in the Western Bight

July 17, 2017  •  3 Comments
Saturday July 15 th 2017. Went out on the AP with GW. I haven’t been on the water since last Sunday’s GW-AP whale watch and whales have not been around for a few weeks. The Dolphins have been around and they have picked up the slack in the whales absence here in the Bight. Over all, the summer has been great so far for sightings of both whales and...
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Bottlenose Dolphins with small calves in the Pods off of Coney and Breezy.

July 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Sunday July 9th 2017. Days like today on the water are few and far between, a 2ft ocean swell, light variable winds, Water temp at 73, Air temp 75. The wind did pick up at the end but an overall beautiful day for a Whale and Dolphin adventure. We headed out of Breezy and went south. Very early into the trip I spotted way off in the distance what I...
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Friday July 7th 2017 Lots of rain and Dolphins

July 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Its Friday July 7th 2017, I am driving through deep puddles, some resembling ponds or lakes with cars actually stuck in them, I think “is this boat going out in this weather?” As I get to the parking lot and drive through the deepest puddle yet I see the AP. There are a good amount of people on the boat and all is ready to go. So the answer to that...
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July 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The Ocean is a big place with many big things in it. You never know what's swimming with you until you see it or it sees you. Chances are "IT" knows you are there before you know "ITS" there. On the AP with GW on July 2nd out looking for dolphins and whales. The beaches were packed and the surf was up. Perfect conditions for paddle boarding, surfi...
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Sunday July 02 2017. Dolphins, Atantic Sturgeon and Giant Fluke.

July 04, 2017  •  1 Comment
After a week and a half of heavy storms, windy conditions and large choppy Sea’s…we sail, Ocean bound! P raise be to Nero's Neptune the American Princess sails ocean bound at 1pm and the sea’s are just perfect! Light winds, a small swell and very clear Caribian green waters. Just a perfect day, we charge out of brezzy and head east! Running along...
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Saturday July 01. Dolphins in Raritan Bay.

July 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
We went out of Breezy and headed south. The ocean was wind swept and shelter from the swells were in Raritan bay off of Sandy. That’s where whales were seen last and the dolphin pod from the day before were there. The Temp was chilly like 60 degrees on the boat with the wind over the water. As soon as we got close to Sandy Hook the wind was off the...
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Friday June 30th. Dolphins, Big ones and small ones.

July 01, 2017  •  1 Comment
Friday, June 30 th. Its been a Dolphin kind of week out here in the NY Bight and It was cuteness overload on the American Princess with Gotham Whale. We had a great day with a small pod of very friendly Dolphins! At times they were very close to the boat (their choice) and in the pod were many baby dolphins, or calves.
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The Great Container Ship Race!

June 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Wednesday June 28th we witnessed the great container ship race between the YM Unicorn and the Zim San Francisco in Ambrose Channel on the approach to NY Harbor. It was a close one but in the end the favorite "Zim San Francisco" pulled it out.
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June 23rd, 2017. PIX11 Whale Watch

June 24, 2017  •  2 Comments
Friday June 23th 2017. Wave Heights – 1-4ft, Water Temp - 68, Wind – South - SE, Speed – light to 35mph in passing front, Air Temp 69, Cloud Cover – heavy with peaks of sun towards the end. Whales – NONE. Dolphins - NONE PIX11 News came out on the American Princess to see how a whale watch goes down in the waters of NYC. Ayana was the reporter...
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RIP Humpback Whale #NYC0044

June 23, 2017  •  1 Comment
This is sad news. It is 100% confirmed that a Juvenile Humpback Whale known as #NYC0044 (#44) in the NYC Humpback Whale Catalog has died. #44 was found dead off of Chatham Mass. This is copied from the “Cape Cod Times” due to the link may not work sometime in the future.
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Tuesday April 04, 2017 Beached Dead Humpback Whale on a Rockaway Beach

June 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Tuesday April 4th the Rockaway Peninsula had a Juvenile Male Humpback Whale carcass wash up on Beach 117th. The cause of death was a ship strike. As sad as this event was it provided me an opportunity to document a Humpback Whale up-close and personal. First thing I did was look at the tubercles or hair follicles on this whale. HAIR ON A WHALE…Y...
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