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New York Bight makes right ... whales

Post by jserraglio » Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:50 pm

New York Times
By ELIZABETH TARBELL and ALEXANDRA S. LEVINE
AUG. 18, 2017

New York: Good morning on this frown-inducing Friday.

A listening device, slightly smaller than a football, rests on the sea floor of the New York Bight, the body of water that stretches between Montauk Point in Long Island and Cape May, N.J.

The contraption is named Melville.

It’s an appropriate moniker for what it does: It tracks whales in New York’s busy waters by listening, processing and sending data via satellite to scientists in near-real time.

Since last summer, the device has been detecting whale calls as part of the largest survey of New York’s whales.

Scientists at the Wildlife Conservation Society and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the largest independent ocean research center in the United States, hope to better understand where whales are in relation to shipping lanes and wind-farm development in and around one of the nation’s busiest shipping ports.

We followed up with Howard Rosenbaum and Mark F. Baumgartner, the principal investigators of the project, to find out what they’ve learned about our whales in the past year.

The scientists have heard more North Atlantic right whales here than they had expected, given the whales’ migration path (from Canada to Florida), Mr. Rosenbaum said. From October to April, there were 34 detections — or possible detections — of whales vocalizing.

That finding is important for conservation, Mr. Rosenbaum said, because the whales were in the New York Bight at least once before mandatory speed restrictions were enforced.

The listening device, which is tethered to a buoy, is tooled to hear four whale species: fin, humpback, sei and North Atlantic right whales. During the first nine or so months of the project, the device detected one or more of those species.

So can an unexperienced whale-watcher catch a glimpse of these massive creatures without any sophisticated equipment?

Tom Paladino, the captain of the American Princess, a whale-watching vessel that operates out of Riis Landing in Breezy Point, Queens, said passengers can expect about an 80 percent chance of a whale sighting this time of year.

On a recent Saturday outing, we spotted K-Cup, a juvenile humpback.

This is the prime time to go whale-watching in New York Bight, Mr. Paladino added, with the season for sightings between May and November.

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Re: New York Bight makes right ... whales

Post by lennygoran » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:25 pm

jserraglio wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:50 pm
>A listening device, slightly smaller than a football, rests on the sea floor of the New York Bight, the body of water that stretches between Montauk Point in Long Island and Cape May, N.J.<
Montauk Point to Cape May-that's quite an area-we go to these areas from time to time-especially Cape May. Regards, Len

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Re: New York Bight makes right ... whales

Post by jbuck919 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:19 pm

Now if they would just re-stock the lower Hudson with sturgeon. (The US used to export Hudson River caviar to Europe.)

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Re: New York Bight makes right ... whales

Post by jserraglio » Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:04 am

jbuck919 wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:19 pm
Now if they would just re-stock the lower Hudson with sturgeon. (The US used to export Hudson River caviar to Europe.)
Platte River, MI — late fall Salmon Run


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