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Another humpback whale was spotted dead late Monday, floating near a shipping channel between New York and New Jersey, the 13th whale found in the two states in three months.

Representing GW: Paul Sieswerda

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What’s killing whales off the Northeast coast? It’s not wind farm projects, experts say

(excerpt) “The fish are likely to be in areas where (shipping) channels are,” said Paul Sieswerda, executive director of the New York-based nonprofit Gotham Whale, which studies and advocates for the local whale population. “The whales are coming to area where there’s a lot of boat traffic.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Humpback Whales That Visit New York, New Jersey Stay Longer and Visit Again

"Humpback whales spotted along the Jersey Shore and the waters off New York often stay for an extended period of time and return year after year, according to a study co-authored by Rutgers University, Gotham Whale, the Center for Coastal Studies and 21 other organizations in the western North Atlantic."...

Representing GW:  Danielle M. Brown

NJ Stranding Center Facing Criticism as Dead Whales Continue to Wash Ashore

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is facing criticism following several dead whales washing ashore on the New Jersey shore. NBC10’s Ted Greenberg has more on how the team is working to gather information and the stress they are enduring.

Representing GW: Paul Sieswerda

Humpback Whales In New York City’s Harbor | Nightly News Films

Gotham Whale founder, Paul Sieswerda, is on a mission to document the rebounding humpback whale population in the New York City Harbor. Legislation passed in the 1970s, like the Clean Water Act, has contributed to the resurging numbers of the whale population.

On The Bight - Dolphin Watching in NYC | NYU Sight & Sound Documentary

Take to the waters of the New York Bight with Gotham Whale's lead naturalist Celia Ackerman as she, the crew, and their passengers come across short-beaked common dolphins in a rare near-shore encounter.

Dolphin Researchers Look to NYC Whale Watching To Understand Rising Numbers

Local researchers are saying more bottlenose dolphins are migrating to New York City—and gathering in groups larger than previously thought. Many are turning to whale watching ventures to understand what dolphins are up to in the Big Apple.

Representing GW: Celia Ackerman 

Paul Sieswerda – Executive Director of Gotham Whale, and the Author of Big Whale, Big City – Episode 4023

The Outdoor Adventure Series celebrates individuals & families, businesses, and organizations that seek out and promote the exploration, stewardship, and enjoyment of the great outdoors.


The Dolphins and Whales of New York City (with Kristi Collom)

Kristi Ashley Collom is a Senior Research Associate and Dolphin Catalog Manager for Gotham Whale and an acoustic analyst for Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York passive acoustic monitoring research.


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Science at Sea

What better way to “marinate” your students than with a total immersion into a marine biology curriculum onboard the American Princess with Gotham Whale!

Representing GW: Dr. Merryl Kafka and many  others

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Advocacy Update: We swam over to Washington, DC!

Gotham Whale just got back from Capitol Hill! In order to make the right policy decisions, legislators rely on experts and peer-reviewed research, in addition to what matters to their constituents. Gotham Whale teams up with local and national organizations to protect the marine mammals we study when they’re in our research area and throughout their migration.

Representing GW: Sarah Ryan Hudson, Esq.

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Gotham Whale’s Commitment to Education

Gotham Whale was spotted again in Long Island at Hofstra University during the week of July 8, participating in the Annual Conference of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), hosted by the NYS Marine Educators Chapter (NYSMEA).

Representing GW: Dr. Merryl Kafka, Alexander Mildener, Dr. Joy Reidenberg

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January 2023

We've already cataloged our first whale of 2023! Catch the 2022 Season Wrap in this edition of 'The Gam'.  Dr. Merryl Kafka, Director of Education, brings you an update from Science at Sea. Meet our membership manager, Bonnie Crawford. Read about "A Whale of a Night" in support of Gotham Whale.

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NYC0089 Returns...

Through the power of Citizen Science, we are able to bring you an update on Humpback Whale NYC0089 who famously swam up to Manhattan in December 2020. More...