Artie Raslich Photography: Blog https://www.artieraslich.com/blog en-us (C) Artie Raslich Photography araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) Sat, 03 Apr 2021 00:46:00 GMT Sat, 03 Apr 2021 00:46:00 GMT https://www.artieraslich.com/img/s/v-12/u505224301-o1007081913-50.jpg Artie Raslich Photography: Blog https://www.artieraslich.com/blog 120 117 4 whales, two tandem. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/11/4-whales-two-tandem  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/11/4-whales-two-tandem Sat, 28 Nov 2020 05:43:00 GMT
Two Humpbacks and 3 Grey Seals https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/11/two-humpbacks-and-3-grey-seals On 11-27-2020 I was out on the American Princess Cruises Whale and Dolphin watch as a spotter, and photographing for Gotham Whale and the AP, when we encountered NYC0089 off Breezy Point. The whale was with another Humpback and a few Grey Seals (love their faces).  The whale was feeding and by the looks of it, having a good time doing it. NYC0089 has a unique way of lunge feeding. It likes to come in on an angle, not straight on as most whales do. Some will say the reason for the angled lunge feeding is because the whale was in shallow waters. We did see this whale a few times, and this is mostly how the whale lunge feeds no matter the depth. I have seen a few other whales lunge feed like this; NYC0015 is one of them. But mostly the whales I see lunge feeding come straight up at the bunker ball from below the water- head on, not sideways.

When we were on NYC0089 we were very close to the Breezy Point Jetty, so it would be a short trip for NYC0089 to get to Lower NY Bay or Harbor, then to Upper NY Bay or Harbor and onwards and upwards to the Hudson River or the North River.

There is so much bait inside the back bays and harbors right now. We assume that's true for the Hudson River as well but do not 100% know that is a fact. From the many reports I have read the whale is feeding and looking healthy. It is relatively safe for the whale to be there; the water is very deep. Boat traffic is the biggest problem for this whale. Ship strikes are one of the major causes for fatalities and injuries for Marine Mammals including the Humpback Whale, so this could be a problem. Marine traffic and seasoned captains know there is a whale in the area, everyone on the water is in the know. There are many eyes on the lookout for this whale, so it should be OK.

We saw NYC0089 before, on June 02, 2018 on the American Princess Cruises Whale Watch. It was healthy and with other whales and dolphins that day. Here is the recap – Artie Raslich Photography | 2018-06-02 5 Humpbacks and 50+ Dolphins off Rockaway . I think I have seen this whale a few other times but cannot confirm. Sometimes you get photos of whales, and because of distance or angles in photos you cannot ID them… hey, it happens.

Well, I hope NYC0089 has fun in the big city seeing the sights. And then gets the hell out of there before Mayor De Blasio slaps him with restrictions or makes him quarantine!

Good luck NYC0089, see you soon!

 

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/11/two-humpbacks-and-3-grey-seals Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:12:00 GMT
3 whales and 200+ playful Dolphin off Breezy and Ambrose https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/11/3-whales-and-200-playful-dolphin-off-breezy-and-ambrose Photos taken aboard the American Princess Cruises Whale and Dolphin Cruises. Book your adventure here.

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/11/3-whales-and-200-playful-dolphin-off-breezy-and-ambrose Wed, 04 Nov 2020 12:56:00 GMT
5 Humpbacks, 25+ Dolphins off LB and Lido https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/5-humpbacks-25-dolphins-off-lb-and-lido  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/5-humpbacks-25-dolphins-off-lb-and-lido Sat, 31 Oct 2020 17:30:00 GMT
A Humpback off of ER Inlet and many dolphins https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/a-humpback-off-of-er-inlet-and-many-dolphins

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/a-humpback-off-of-er-inlet-and-many-dolphins Sun, 25 Oct 2020 17:43:00 GMT
ANOTHER entangled whale off Rockaway. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/another-entangled-whale-off-rockaway ANOTHER entangled whale off Rockaway.

We (Gotham Whale and the American Princess) came across our second entangled whale in a week! The American Princess Cruises all day Seafari was coming to an end when we saw this Humpback Whale roughly a mile off Fort Tilden, Rockaway Beach, NY. There were two other whales in the area and many dolphins all around swimming with these whales.

We came across the entangled humpback, and it immediately did a breach. The whale was swimming and breathing normally. It did not look, sound or act stressed, even though a breach could be a sign of anything good or bad, including stress. The whale then fluked a few times and revealed the entanglement: fishing gear wrapped around its fluke. At that point (3:22pm), the AP stopped and immediately all agencies needing to be contacted were contacted by Captain Frank via phone and radio. All information needed was shared and Capt. Frank did an incredible job as he and Capt. Tom always do!

Once again, in a small way, the AP with GW is helping humpbacks in the Western NY Bight!  I will say this, and it’s my opinion, but I think you will agree: “If it were not for Gotham Whale and American Princess Cruises being out on the water practicing Citizen Science on a constant basis many whales that pass through NYC waters entangled or injured would probably go undetected.” When you hear or read NYC and Humpback Whale, it usually is followed by Gotham Whale and American Princess Cruises in the same sentence!

Gotham Whale was created in 2009 and holds the only NYC Humpback Whale Catalog. The NYCHWC has broken the 200 whales documented mark this year. The details of each of the whales in this catalog help scientists (and citizen scientists) in the whale world tremendously.

About Gotham Whale – it is 100% a volunteer-based citizen scientist 503c1 non-profit entity and is funded by donations. If you want to help the whales in NYC – Donate to GW here HELP GOTHAM WHALE HELP NYC WHALES. You can buy Gotham Whale gear and that helps us as well.

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/another-entangled-whale-off-rockaway Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:22:00 GMT
A North Atlantic Right Whale entangled! https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/a-north-atlantic-right-whale-entangled I was out on the American Princess on Sunday Oct 11th on a whale and dolphin watch. The day brought us off NNJ, with NYC always in sight. Captain Frank and Captain Tom were at the helm. We came upon a Humpback Whale off in the distance and were in transit to meet up with the whale. While in route, Capt. Frank saw a very faint blow closer to the AP, so we investigated the closer whale. From a distance the “Humpback” looked so beat up, it was worrisome. White and brown spots all over the whale, the peduncle and tail area were raw but healing. We get closer and notice no dorsal...Hmmm. Then we saw the blow from a good angle and it's heart shaped…Wow, can it be? The whale comes to the boat and it is a… NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALE! WOW! We have only seen one NARW once before and it was entangled; this is our second on the AP! If you are a whale lover, this is exciting. Seeing a whale like this in NYC/NNJ waters is very rare!  There is an estimate of 200-400 NARW’s alive in this world, and we were on one now.

As soon as the NARW identification was made, we backed away immediately and left the NARW. NOAA regulations say you need to stay 500 meters away and we did. On exiting, THE CALLS WENT OUT on seeing a NARW! ALL protocols were followed when seeing a NARW. The government agencies were informed: NOAA, USCG, and others. Captains Frank and Tom called Vessel Traffic about the NARW being in the area. All ships in the area were hailed and informed to slow down, including another whale watching boat.

The conditions were a little rocky, especially when in the trough. Looking at photos for details in these conditions is limited. I get home, upload the photos, and start the processing. I notice a rope embedded in the rostrum of the NARW. It looks like the rope is wrapped twice around the top of the mouth and is not wrapped around the whole mouth (my opinion, I am not a NARW expert). I think this whale can filter feed, but I did not get photos of the whole head of the NARW. Photos show the rope being covered by the lower jaw and, this to me, would point to it being able to open its lower jaw to eat. But again, I am NOT an expert. The rope looks to have been there for a while because it's embedded in the top of the head and callosities have totally covered it up except on the sides.

As soon as I saw the rope, I processed the photos and sent them out to all agencies that needed them for IDing, including CCS and MMSC.

I waited a few days before posting the information and when NOAA sent out their bulletin, I waited another day to post my info and photos!

Here is what I know and was told: This NARW has not been matched and is not known to be involved in any ongoing entanglement case. Based on its emaciation and extreme injuries-- look at the giant healing impact bruise or cut on its left side-- this whale is in very bad shape. Look at the entanglement scars, the rope, and injuries-- it likely does not have much longer. It is not likely to be feeding, so it will probably wander and may show up just about anywhere.

We wish this NA Right Whale well; we might see it in the area next week? If we do, we will stay 1500 feet away and call all who need to know that it's still in the area.

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/a-north-atlantic-right-whale-entangled Sun, 11 Oct 2020 17:45:00 GMT
5 Humpbacks off Rockaway https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/2020-10-02-5-humpbacks-off-rockaway  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/2020-10-02-5-humpbacks-off-rockaway Fri, 02 Oct 2020 12:28:00 GMT
SEAFARI - 11 Humpbacks, 100+ Dolphins. Jerry was in the mix! https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/seafari---11-humpbacks-100-dolphins-jerry-was-in-the-mix A successful second Seafari yesterday on American Princess Cruises. 11 Humpback Whales, 100+ very playful Dolphin. Tandem swimming pairs of humpbacks and dolphin swimming together. One of the Humpbacks was NYC’s most famous whale – Jerry! A great day was had by all.


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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/10/seafari---11-humpbacks-100-dolphins-jerry-was-in-the-mix Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:18:00 GMT
5 whales and dolphins off of Rockaway and Jersey https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/5-whales-and-dolphins-off-of-rockaway-and-jersey  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/5-whales-and-dolphins-off-of-rockaway-and-jersey Sun, 27 Sep 2020 14:15:00 GMT
SEAFARI https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/seafari The Seafari was incredible! It was from 7am to 5pm on Sept 17th and Captain Frank went where he knew whales would be. The ocean conditions were perfect! Almost no chop at all, a very small 2ft ground swell at 9 seconds. Overcast skies with some scattered light showers that never bothered the passengers. The official count was 8 humpbacks, 4 Minkes, Sharks, turtles, some bluefish action, great views and great company. The boat was filled with serious whale and bird watchers. For the birders it did not work out too well, no fault of the captain. We went to the mud hole and it is usually packed with all different types of bird life and there was nothing. No whales, dolphins, or fish life on the surface. A shark here and there but tons of jellies and a few Turtles which was cool. I had a camera malfunction on the 1DXII, and all 760 photos shot were not sharp- they all went into the trash bin. The amazing Oatmeal, Cherry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies kept my mind off the malfunctioning camera, thanks Beth.

A big thank you to the Captains and Crew of American Princess Cruises; a great Seafari adventure was had by all! Try to make it out on the next Seafari on Oct 1st.

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/seafari Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:56:00 GMT
Dolphins in ER Inlet https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/dolphins-in-er-inlet  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/dolphins-in-er-inlet Mon, 07 Sep 2020 15:56:00 GMT
4 Whales off NJ https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/4-wahles-off-nj  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/4-wahles-off-nj Sun, 06 Sep 2020 15:42:00 GMT
Sunset Cruise https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/sunset-cruise  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/sunset-cruise Sat, 05 Sep 2020 15:42:00 GMT
Giant Bluefin Tuna breaching, 5 whales, dolphin, cownose rays...WHAT A DAY! https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/giant-blefin-tuna-breaching-5-whales-dolphin-cownose-rays-what-a-day Went out on the American Princess with Gotham Whale for a double header whale and dolphin watch and it was spectacular. I need to say, I am out on the water whale watching a lot. It is an amazing sight to see whales and dolphins here in NYC, just amazing. But I am jaded. A great day for me is seeing the madness of an acrobatic humpback whale, like tail throws, breaches, pectoral fin slapping, lunge feeding with bunker flying everywhere…that’s the ticket! Just seeing whales is awesome, but I like the action. Sometimes while whale watching you see marine mammals, birds, and fish you never would expect.

Conditions were great on this day! Light winds, 1-2ft waves with a glassy sheen on the surface (no chop), bright sunshine, clear water, no humidity. These conditions are perfect for seeing “into” the water close to the boat. When it's choppy, it’s hard to clearly see (and photograph) what is in the water.

The whale watch started off fast with a small pod of dolphins; they were playing. When they saw the AP they beelined it over to us and started riding the wake. This is always a great sight, one of my favorite sights with dolphins. They played in the wake as we moved on looking for humpbacks. When in transit, on a day like this I am always looking down into the water. So many Cownose Rays (maybe Bullnose Rays…I DON’T KNOW!) were in the area! I saw a few cownose rays breaching- that was nice and unexpected.

Looking out on the horizon we saw a few blows and then we were on a pair of humpbacks; the whale watch was on. We stayed with the whales for a while, but they were in transit mode. They did a tandem lunge feeding but mostly they were moving. We saw a few more blows and went to see the other whale that just came into view. We met up with the whale, which was also in transit; not feeding, just taking breaths and fluking. BTW - The breath of the whales we met up with was disgusting…DISGUSTING! With the light winds on the water, their blow or “breath” carries on the wind. If you're down wind, the cloud of whale breath hits you right in your face and it’s an experience. What does whale breath smell like? ROTTEN FISH! Think 5-day old bunker sitting in a bucket outside in the sun and times that by 10.

While this was all going on, I still had my eyes out for sharks and other things, and you never know what you will see. I am following the humpback, camera ready. I look to the shore (Jersey shore, we were off Jersey) and see something do a violent breach. It was amazing! At first, I thought it was a great white breaching- it was a very big fish. There was only one breach and it happened so fast, I was camera ready and took my shots, but I did not know if I got the shot. I was so busy going nuts, yelling, and screaming over what I just saw, it was crazy! So excited I got to see something like that with others.

I look at the series of photos, not a Great White. I see a crescent shaped tail and think Yellowfin Tuna. I look at the next photo, it looks like a Bluefin Tuna. I go to the next one and I see the whole fish. It is a Giant Blue Fin Tuna doing a FULL BREACH. 100% all of the tuna was out of the water! WOW, I just saw that, and it was a mile or two off the beach! The second-best photo I have ever taken!

This day was incredible! I can not wait to go out on the American Princess all-day whale watch coming up on Sept 17th and Oct 1st. These trips are where I thought I would see something like this happen, who knew it would be a mile or so off the coast. WHAT A DAY!

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/9/giant-blefin-tuna-breaching-5-whales-dolphin-cownose-rays-what-a-day Sat, 05 Sep 2020 13:58:00 GMT
One Humpback, Two Finbacks and 300 Dolphin https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/one-humpback-two-finbacks-and-300-dolphin  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/one-humpback-two-finbacks-and-300-dolphin Fri, 21 Aug 2020 18:27:00 GMT
One Humpback Whale off Riis Park. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/one-humpback-whale-off-riis-park  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/one-humpback-whale-off-riis-park Fri, 21 Aug 2020 02:05:02 GMT
3 Whales Sunset Cruise https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/2020-08-20-3-whales-sunset-cruise  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/2020-08-20-3-whales-sunset-cruise Thu, 20 Aug 2020 21:00:00 GMT
Sunset cruise, one humpback. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/sunset-cruise-one-humpback  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/sunset-cruise-one-humpback Thu, 13 Aug 2020 04:36:00 GMT
one whale in Ambrose. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/sunset-cruise  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/sunset-cruise Sun, 09 Aug 2020 04:36:00 GMT
Dolphin Becomes Trapped in East Rockaway’s Mill River. My home town! https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/dolphin-becomes-trapped-in-east-rockaway-s-mill-river-my-home-town Dolphin Becomes Trapped in East Rockaway’s Mill River. I was staying away from posting any photos or information about the situation, but the news is out.

Dolphins and whales have been seen in East Rockaway channel before. The whale named "Reynolds" for Reynolds Channel by Gotham Whale, was in the western back bays of Nassau County for about ten days a few years ago. Good news on the whale, it got out. Dolphins have been in the back bays many times before; it's not uncommon. The dolphin was first reported in the area on July 21st and is still in that area on Aug 01st.

This dolphin is in a very different situation than Reynolds the whale was. Right now (Aug 01, 3pm) the dolphin is in Mill River, not East Rockaway Channel. Mill River is brackish water, meaning the dolphin is swimming in water having more salinity than fresh water, but not as much as seawater. Dolphins that are not considered freshwater dolphins may visit or travel through freshwater environments, but they ultimately return back to their saltwater habitat. In this case, to get out to the ocean this dolphin needs to go out one of the two nearest inlets, which are East Rockaway Inlet and Jones Inlet. All the fish (food) dolphins normally eat are in that river and in abundance, so it will not go hungry. The dolphin is not being held down or entangled; it is freely breathing. The water is deep, so it should not get stranded. It looks to be in good health, but I am not a dolphin expert. With all the good mentioned there are a few bad things that make the odds of getting out to the ocean go down: bridges and stress.

Stress – Not good! Not being able to get back to the ocean, that is stressful on its own. Seeing groups of people in kayaks surrounding the dolphin just feet away is not good and is compounding the stress factor for this dolphin. The Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act do not allow unauthorized people to get within 150 feet or 50 yards to view or interact with a wild dolphin. Feeding a dolphin, which was happening when the dolphin was in the East Rockaway boat basin, is illegal. Violations can be prosecuted either civilly or criminally and are punishable by fines of up to $100,000 and/or up to 1 year in jail. YEAH, read that again, these guys are serious about this.

Bridges – There are two bridges the Dolphin must navigate to get to the ER Channel. The LIRR train trestle, then the Atlantic Ave Bridge. The first, the LIRR Trestle, is a very shallow passage for the dolphin. There are rocks placed under the trestle to limit the amount of brackish water that gets out at low tide. The Atlantic Ave Bridge can be navigated by the dolphin at almost any tide.

My opinion, and take it with a grain of salt:
Here’s what needs to happen for this dolphin to reach the ocean. People need to leave it alone. The dolphin needs to get out of the river at a mid to high tide, the more water the better. This week we will have a full moon and heavy rain. The water (rain and tide) at outgoing tide will be rushing the river water out of Mill River to the East Rockaway Channel very fast. This is the time for the dolphin to get out of that river. If this dolphin can not make it out on its own this week coming up, a rescue of some type will have to happen. If a rescue won't/can't be performed and the dolphin can't get out, that dolphin will be there for a very long time. If all else fails, the unfortunate reality is, and it is tough to hear, this dolphin could be euthanized. 

FYI - If you see a dolphin or turtle in distress call NY Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC). The NYMRC has been on site, every day, since day one. They are there to educate people about what is going on and to help keep the public and the dolphin safe. At this point (8/03 3pm) the NYMRC is not performing a rescue or are planning a rescue, but this can change at any moment. NYMRC knows people are passionate about wild animals and dolphins and whales are on top of that list. Please respect what these NYMRC workers are doing, because they know what they are doing! What NYMRC workers do not need is people going off on them demanding "whatever" to be done so the dolphin can get out. Now these people going off are passionate, dolphin loving people with the best intentions for the dolphin. But the NYMRC knows best- let them do their job!

Again, all this is my opinion, agree or disagree but now ya know what I think, and let us hope the dolphin gets out!

Read up on the rescue attempts for Reynolds the whale here:

Reynolds the Humpback Whale situation.

Reynolds Channel Whale Event/Incident Action Plan

"Operation Reynolds" Trying to help save Reynolds the Humpback In Reynolds Channel

 


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HHere is the outcome for the Dolphin! Very Sad!!!

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/dolphin-becomes-trapped-in-east-rockaway-s-mill-river-my-home-town Sat, 01 Aug 2020 19:50:10 GMT
Sunset cruise off the BA buoy. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/sunset-cruise-off-the-ba-buoy  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/8/sunset-cruise-off-the-ba-buoy Sat, 01 Aug 2020 04:36:00 GMT
Whales off Rockaway https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/whales-off-rockaway

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/whales-off-rockaway Sun, 26 Jul 2020 04:36:00 GMT
4 whales and Spinner Sharks https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/4-whales-and-spinner-sharks What a beautiful day from start to finish out whale watching with friends. Perfect conditions, 1-2 ft waves, an easy wind, bright sunshine, and a giant ocean to go find new and old sights.

It started out slow, all eyes on the water. We came upon a school of Spinner Sharks going nuts on a school of bunker. I do not see these sharks very often so when we saw them, I got excited. Grabbed the camera and got a few crappy shots but they show that they are 100% Spinner Sharks. In a good spot for some photos and a boat comes in and runs over the feeding frenzy bait ball and disperses the sharks, so we left. We came up on the first whale and he/she was very hard to spot. The whale was sleeping on the surface, no blows. Only the blow hole and snout were just above the water. We stayed for 15 minutes and left so the whale could get its beauty rest. Quickly we were on the second whale and this whale was awake and doing its thing. The whale watching boat Atlantic Pearl was out with us on this whale and the whale did what they call a “Mugging.” Not a true mugging but it was close. The whale stayed by the boat, very close. It wrapped around the front from left to right watching us the whole way, then dove. Got some great shots and a fluke. We got wind of two whales lunge feeding in the area, so we went over to see the action. We saw the whales, but the show was over, and we had a 35-mile trip home. We hugged the shore on the way home to catch sight of Sharks, Dolphins, Cownose Rays, but nothing.

A school of Spinner sharks and 4 Humpbacks were seen! Great time had by all.

Needing to be said, there is a protocol in watching whales. It's common sense to keep yourself and the whale safe when out whale watching but some lose their minds to get close to a marine mammal. That is not how it works! Click here to read up on how to act and react on a private whale watch.

 

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/4-whales-and-spinner-sharks Sat, 25 Jul 2020 14:44:00 GMT
5 whales (maybe Six) Cow Nose Rays and a few Sharks. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/5-whales-maybe-six-cow-nose-rays-and-a-few-sharks  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/5-whales-maybe-six-cow-nose-rays-and-a-few-sharks Sun, 19 Jul 2020 17:20:00 GMT
Two whales off Breezy https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/two-whales-off-breezy  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/two-whales-off-breezy Thu, 16 Jul 2020 16:00:00 GMT
One sleepy whale in Ambrose. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/one-sleepy-whale-in-ambrose  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/one-sleepy-whale-in-ambrose Sun, 12 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMT
Pier 3 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/pier-3-in-sheepshead-bay-brooklyn  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/7/pier-3-in-sheepshead-bay-brooklyn Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMT
Half-Step @ JP Morgan Farm https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/5/half-step-jp-morgan-farm  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/5/half-step-jp-morgan-farm Thu, 21 May 2020 19:00:00 GMT
HALF-STEP Barnum Ballroom 2020-01-25 https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/1/half-step-barnum-ballroom-2020-01-25 Shot these photos of HALF-STEP Grateful Dead Tribute Band at the new concert hall Barnum Ballroom in Island Park. Love this new venue for local Long Island bands, very nice space!

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/1/half-step-barnum-ballroom-2020-01-25 Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:17:00 GMT
Half-Step at STUDIO THEATRE on NYE https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/1/half-step-at-studio-theatre-on-nye Went to see “Half-Step” at the Studio Theatre in Lindenhurst to ring in 2020. Many were shut out of the theater due to the 160-person occupancy. Next NYE they might need a bigger venue! If they do choose to move to another venue, I am hoping it’s at the new concert hall venue in Island Park called "Barnum Ballroom". Which Half-Step will be playing at on Saturday Jan 25th.

Great show, these guys and gal get better and better with every show! The sound was perfect! Great time had by all, what a great start to 2020…Happy New Year.

           

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2020/1/half-step-at-studio-theatre-on-nye Thu, 02 Jan 2020 01:53:00 GMT
RIP #NYC0159, looks like you had a hard life. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/11/rip-nyc0159-looks-like-you-had-a-hard-life  

When a Humpback Whale dies and washes up on a beach anywhere up and down the East Coast, there might be a chance that Gotham Whale has a record of sighting/s of that whale. Now let’s be real, there are MANY Humpback Whales out there. What are the chances we have seen and documented the whale that has died, SLIM? But still, there is a chance! When the whale lands on a LI beach the odds go up!

A 28ft dead emaciated female Humpback Whale washed up on a Southampton beach on Nov 14th. After looking at the two posted photos via AMCS's Social Media outlets it was determined that GW has seen this Humpback on a few occasions over the 2019 whale watching season. A number was given to this female Humpback whale, and it is known as #NYC0159, in the New York City Humpback Whale Catalog. #NYC0159 was seen in 2019 on 6/16, 6/20, 6/22, 7/05 and 9/28. 

I remember seeing #NYC0159 for the first time on June 16th, 2019 off Sandy Hook. I was on the American Princess Cruises Whale and Dolphin Watch and it was a quick encounter. I saw the back of the whale; it was really beat up. It looked like this whale was in a serious entanglement and escaped or was disentangled. It had wounds on its black body, healed white, showing scars everywhere. It was spotted a few times after that on June 20th, 22nd, July 5th and Sept 28th whale watches. I was out on the AP on the July 5th whale watch when we met up with NYC0159 feeding in Raritan Bay going into Sandy Hook Bay right by the Naval Weapons Station Earl. The whale was feeding close to a docked Naval Ship and the whale lunge fed its way around the front by the bulbous bow of that Navy vessel. Naval Weapons Station Earle is a restricted area. The whale can go there but we can’t. While watching #NYC0159 we saw another whale in Raritan Bay and went to take photos of that whale.

The New York City Humpback Whale Catalog team, including Paul Sieswerda – Director of GW has provided the dates we have seen #NYC0159 whale. Celia Ackerman – Naturalist extraordinaireDanielle Brown - Lead Humpback Whale researcher for Gotham Whale, and myself, identified #NYC0159 via its dorsal fin. YES, we do need the fluke photo for IDing a whale but other markings on the whale’s body and the dorsal fin work well for IDing also. Having them all: fluke, dorsal and body markings, complete the IDing package but not having a fluke is not a deal breaker!

Therefore, Citizen Science is so important to Gotham Whale! We have a program called “Wanted!” You take a photo of a whale off NYC, Long Island and NJ (it’s not just NYC). You go to the website and fill out all the information, it's detailed and all information requested is needed. We take that detailed information and use it for our NYCHW catalog and other uses! It’s all for documenting the whales in the western NY Bight. Read up here – https://gothamwhale.org/citizen-science/

The above is a small part of what we do at Gotham Whale. GW is an all-volunteer non-profit citizen scientist organization running solely on donations and no one gets a “paycheck." To be honest, we do not take in or raise much money. Most of the GW workers are using their own money to get things done. If you’re thinking of donating to a non-profit origination, please think about Gotham Whale in the future or right now by going here and becoming a:

Member https://gothamwhale.org/membership/

Donating https://gothamwhale.org/donations/

Buying gear https://gothamwhale.org/shop/  

 

#NYC0159, looks like you had a hard life, RIP.

UPDATE Via Photos on the bottom of the page 11-20-19 10:05am.   

UPDATE - I went back and looked at July 5th photos that I didn't process and share because of them being of low quality. I do keep all crappy photos for situations like this! NYC0159 was seen and photographed doing a breach on this day. In the crappy photo, I can make out the markings on the tip of the right Pectoral fin. The same exact markings are on the right pectoral fin of the dead whale that was photographed and shared on social media by AMCS. This is very good information, it shows the whale was active via a breach and was feeding. We could not confirm with 100% acuracy if this was NYC0159 in the breach but with the cross examination of photos it is a match. We were with NYC0159 from 136pm to 217pm on July 5th.   

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/11/rip-nyc0159-looks-like-you-had-a-hard-life Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:37:13 GMT
2019-11-11 1 fluking whale and thick bunker pods with Sharks off AB https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/11/2019-11-11-1-fluking-whale-and-thick-bunker-pods-with-sharks-off-ab  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/11/2019-11-11-1-fluking-whale-and-thick-bunker-pods-with-sharks-off-ab Tue, 12 Nov 2019 01:52:11 GMT
2019-11-09 1 fluking whale off LB https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/11/2019-11-09-1-fluking-whale-off-lb  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/11/2019-11-09-1-fluking-whale-off-lb Sat, 09 Nov 2019 15:35:00 GMT
2019-11-03 A Family of Dolphins off AB https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/11/2019-11-03-a-family-of-dolphins-off-ab  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/11/2019-11-03-a-family-of-dolphins-off-ab Mon, 04 Nov 2019 00:46:18 GMT
2019-11-02 A few frisky Dolphins https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/11/2019-11-02-a-few-frisky-dolphins  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/11/2019-11-02-a-few-frisky-dolphins Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:41:00 GMT
2019-10-26 A humpback off NYC https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-26-a-humpback-off-nyc  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-26-a-humpback-off-nyc Sat, 26 Oct 2019 22:08:51 GMT
2019-10-25 A humpback and a Minke https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-25-a-humpback-and-a-minke  

   

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-25-a-humpback-and-a-minke Sat, 26 Oct 2019 11:10:32 GMT
2019-10-19 The Day of the Dolphins! Two Humpbacks and 100's of Dolphins. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-19-the-day-of-the-dolphins-two-humpbacks-and-100s-of-dolphins Ocean conditions were like being on a bay, a small bay…near perfect. Air was chilly but that’s what jackets are for. I went out on the AP as a spotter and photographer for Gotham Whale. Before I go further, get out on the American Princess Cruises; it's worth every penny they charge, and it’s a reasonable price as well!

Today’s whale and dolphin adventure on the American Princess was just as advertised…AN ADVENTURE! It started off with a bang! First a few dolphins and bunker everywhere, stripers, blues and some sharks. The sharks looked like Threshers and were hitting the bunker schools up on the surface. Quick white flashes in the bunker schools show the ocean was alive with action. We quickly saw a spout and met up with a humpback that must have just finished feeding. It was passing by and going “around” the bunker schools that were perfectly set up for those amazing lunge feedings we usually see around NYC. On a side note with this whale - I have never seen a humpback whale crap so much! It plastered the ocean brown, ha-ha yeah…that happened. The whale gave us a couple of pectoral slaps, blasted out of the water once with a big chin slap and a few rainblows and we went on to the second lazy whale. The second whale was in the same mode as the first, taking a break and just enjoying the sights and hanging off NYC and western Nassau County.

We were at the end of the trip and heading in, I was packing up my gear. We are almost at the Breezy Jetty and we come upon the most active, acrobatic and fascinating pod of dolphins I have seen in my life! The acrobatics were insane, you name it, they did it, almost on command. Yell out "do a flip"...BOOM, you got an 8-10-foot dolphin jumping and flipping out of the water 10+ feet! They were bow riding, wake riding, chin slaps, flipper slapping, back breaches, front breaches! They were feet from the boat checking us out! Have you ever looked into a wild and free dolphin's (or whales) eyes, while they are looking directly back at yours? It’s an experience of a different kind. For me, it’s like being at a Grateful Dead concert, on the rail in front of Jerry. Jerry just went nuts, ripping it up on the “wolf.” You scream “JERRY” and Jerry “eyes you” over his glasses and smiles while his right hand is extended over his head holding a pick. That's the kind of day I had yesterday! Talking about Jerry's Doug Irwin custom "Wolf" guitar...the Wolf made its live debut in 1973 aboard the SS Bay Belle in New York Harbor at a Garcia/Saunders show…but I digress. NYC ROCKS!

The passengers on the AP got a show today, they was going nuts! I actually heard a grown man shriek louder than his 6yo daughter. There were high fives all around, tears of joy were flowing and were badges of honor on the cheeks of many…true story!

 

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-19-the-day-of-the-dolphins-two-humpbacks-and-100s-of-dolphins Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:17:00 GMT
2019-10-14 5 Whales 300 dolphins, a very large Thresher and maybe Pilot Whales https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-14-5-whales-300-dolphins-a-very-large-thresher I had a great day whale watching on Columbus Day! I went out on the SHIP OF FOOLS and encountered 5 Humpbacks, 300 dolphins, a very large Thresher Shark which hung around the area for hours eating Striped Bass and "maybe" a Pilot Whale or two in the mix of Dolphins.

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-14-5-whales-300-dolphins-a-very-large-thresher Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:12:59 GMT
2019-10-06 1 Humpback, 100 plus Dolphins https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-06-2-humpbacks-100-plus-dolphins  

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-06-2-humpbacks-100-plus-dolphins Mon, 07 Oct 2019 20:53:55 GMT
2019-10-05 4 Humpbacks, 1 Minke, 1 Fin, 10 Dolphins https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-05-4-humpbacks-1-minkie-1-fin-10-dolphins Wow what a great day today on the American Princess Cruises whale and dolphin watch. It was a little chilly, the ocean was nice with light winds and manageable ocean conditions. Great crowd with a few friends in the mix and a TV crew documenting wildlife in NYC.

Got a tip on some whales off LI (thanks Karen D). We were in transit and never got there; we saw a blow on our way, and we were off. We met up with a humpback whale early in the whale and dolphin adventure and the action didn’t stop till the end. The humpbacks were close from time to time. No lunge feedings, but we saw a hybrid spy hop which is not a common move for whales around here and was nice to see. I think I have only seen like 3 Spy Hops here in NYC/LI waters. One was a good one and made a local whale famous. The photo of Jerry the whale coming out of the water in line with the Empire State building, that was a Spy Hop! That was a good one…

A Finback whale was seen, and there might have been two? They were not close to the boat; the towering, slim, cone-shaped blows gave them away. A beautiful Minke whale was part of the show today. It was very close to the AP and stayed around for a photo op and then bolted.

I have to say, Captains Frank and Tom NEVER stop looking and in the last minutes of the whale and dolphin watch spotted 10 or so Dolphins.

I’d call this adventure a success with 3 humpback whales, 10 or so Dolphins, a Fin Whale and Minke seen.

So thankful for the opportunity to help spot whales on the American Princess Cruises whale and dolphin adventures. If you haven’t been out watching whales on the AP, what are you waiting for? It’s been an amazing year so far and it looks to get better and better every day!

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-05-4-humpbacks-1-minkie-1-fin-10-dolphins Sat, 05 Oct 2019 23:45:41 GMT
2019-10-01 Dead Whale from Lido West now on Long Beach https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-01-dead-whale-from-lido-west-now-on-long-beach Went down to take some up-close ID photos and as expected the Deceased Male Humpback Whale floated west in the surf and landed at Franklin Beach in Long Beach NY. LBDPW was on the scene maneuvering the whale out of the surf with two pay movers (standard practice) and off the rocks to a safe, secure area so a necropsy can be performed. Looking a little closer my observations from yesterday seem to be correct. It’s a Male (obviously) Humpback Whale, and very young- I'm guessing between 2yo-4yo and is roughly 20ft. Looks like some trauma to the whale suggesting a ship strike of some sort. It is in a state of decay and I was hoping to capture some tack sharp fluke photos to share with other orgs and that was not possible. In drifting down the beach, almost all the fluke markings were worn off the whale, but I do have good photos from yesterday. This humpback will be dissected in a necropsy and buried where it lays. The necropsy results will follow in the upcoming months. Whales do die of natural causes- let's hope this one did. BUT the leading causes of Humpback Whale deaths are ship strikes, ingesting plastics or entanglements in fishing gear. I think it was a ship strike with this young one. These are not nice pictures to see or take! The photos were taken to document a humpback whale washing up event.    

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/10/2019-10-01-dead-whale-from-lido-west-now-on-long-beach Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:15:25 GMT
2019-09-30 Dead Whale Lido West https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/9/2019-09-30-dead-whale-lido-west
There is a dead Humpback Whale washed up but still in the surf on Lido West Beach. It is still somewhat floating and is moving slowly in the surf, west towards Long Beach. We went down to pay our respects and grab a few Identification photos. The whale is small, its very tough to gauge the size of a whale and age. Guessing its 20-25ft? looks to be a young whale. It has Orca marks that are healed, all over its Fluke, it was harassed in its young life. Might be wrong on this, but it looks to have a few shark bites or attempts to bite the whale on its underside, on the ventral pleats. Its being rolled in the surf and very hard to get good shots with the low light to get good clear shots. We will be down at the beach tomorrow for better photos, for ID purposes. May this young Male Humpback Whale rest in peace.

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/9/2019-09-30-dead-whale-lido-west Tue, 01 Oct 2019 00:29:32 GMT
2019-09-20 3 Whales 5 Dolphins https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/9/2019-09-20-3-whales-5-dolphins  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/9/2019-09-20-3-whales-5-dolphins Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:15:00 GMT
2019-09-02 1 humpback some dolphin and heavy rain https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/9/2019-09-02-1-humpback-some-dolphin-and-heavy-rain  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/9/2019-09-02-1-humpback-some-dolphin-and-heavy-rain Mon, 02 Sep 2019 12:11:00 GMT
2019-09-01 1 humpback lunge feeding large pod of dolphins https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/9/2019-09-01-1-humpback-lunge-feeding-large-pod-of-dolphins Photos taken on the American Princess Cruises with/for Gotham Whale.

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/9/2019-09-01-1-humpback-lunge-feeding-large-pod-of-dolphins Sun, 01 Sep 2019 12:31:00 GMT
2019-08-31 4 Whales https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-31-4-whales  

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-31-4-whales Sat, 31 Aug 2019 12:06:00 GMT
2019-08-30 4 Whales, tons of Bunker and a Hammer Head Shark. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-30-4-whales-tons-of-bunker-and-a-hammer-head-shark  

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-30-4-whales-tons-of-bunker-and-a-hammer-head-shark Sat, 31 Aug 2019 11:11:24 GMT
2019-08-29 1 active Humpback, 30-50 Dolphin and a Kemp's Ridley Turtle https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-29-1-active-humpback-30-50-dolphin-and-a-kemp-ridley-turtle Woohooo what a day! If you were one of the 115 or so people on the deck of the American Princess Cruises Whale and Dolphin watch today consider yourself lucky! The sightings – A very active Humpback Whale with breaches, tail slapping, lunge feedings and some close passes (the whale’s choice). 30-50 Dolphins with calves, and a select few got a glimpse of a large Kemp's Ridley sea turtle popping up to the surface for a breath.

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-29-1-active-humpback-30-50-dolphin-and-a-kemp-ridley-turtle Thu, 29 Aug 2019 12:38:00 GMT
2019-08-25 2 whales Raritan https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-25-2-whales-raritan

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-25-2-whales-raritan Sun, 25 Aug 2019 11:33:00 GMT
2019-08-24 2 whales (one was NYC0071) in Raritan https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-24-2-whales-one-was-nyc0071-in-raritan  

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-24-2-whales-one-was-nyc0071-in-raritan Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:33:00 GMT
2019-08-15 5pm Sunset Trip - 1 whale Lower NY Harbor. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-15-5pm-sunset-trip---1-whale-lower-ny-harbor Nice sunset run! We met up with an active Humpback that was all over the place. On the right, then to the left, feet away from the boat then a 1/2 mile away. This whale keeps them guessing on where he will be next; not good for photos but it's good for the whale, very stealthy.

 

 

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-15-5pm-sunset-trip---1-whale-lower-ny-harbor Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:00:00 GMT
2019-08-15 Noon - 1 whale Raritan https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-15-noon---1-whale-raritan  

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araslich@gmail.com (Artie Raslich Photography) https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-15-noon---1-whale-raritan Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:00:00 GMT
2019-08-14 One whale in Raritan. https://www.artieraslich.com/blog/2019/8/2019-08-14-one-whale-in-raritan