'I'm Swimming Here': Whale Spotted Off Staten Island

A whale was spotted breaching the waters of Raritan Bay off Staten Island on Friday, October 15 — a rare sighting captured on video by a local fisherman.

Thomas Fisher told Storyful that he was casting in the bay on Friday afternoon when he spotted the whale. Fisher said the whale came up around five or six times.

Humpback whales have been spotted several times in recent years in waters off New York City. In December 2020, a whale was seen in the Hudson River, exciting locals. Credit: Thomas Fisher via Storyful

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