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Whale sightings on the rise in Long Island waters

While boating alone just outside of Port Jefferson Harbor over the Labor Day holiday, South Setauket resident Bill Doherty had what he called a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. First, a big splash caught his eye. Then, another. 

Representing GW: Paul Sieswerda

CUNY Stories April 2022 | Urban U

On this episode we celebrate Earth Day with a student doing science work on a whale watching boat right outside Brooklyn!

Representing GW: Alex Mildener, Celia Ackerman

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.

Humpback Whales, Subway Microbes, mRNA, and more! | Simply Science

Andrew Falzon visits the whales swimming through NYC’s waters, Ari Goldberg learns about the microbes found on the subways, and more.

Representing GW: Celia Ackerman

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.


Humpback Whale Spotted in Hudson River

While it’s not too unusual for a healthy whale to follow its food into the Hudson, the main problem with that is the heavy boat traffic in the river. NBC New York’s Ida Siegal reports.
Representing GW: Sarah Ryan Hudson

Biophilic Cities - Gotham Whale

On the shore of Staten Island, Paul Sieswerda discusses how "Gotham", aka NYC0055, was sighted for the first time in New York Harbor from the Staten Island Ferry, our efforts to protect the whale's food source, and more.

Rutgers Researcher Examines Dramatic Increase in Whales in NJ/NYC

The number of humpback whale sightings in New York City and northern New Jersey has increased dramatically in recent years, by more than 500 percent, as a result of warmer and cleaner waters, raising the risk of dangerous interactions between the huge marine mammals and humans, according to Ecology and Evolution doctoral student Danielle Brown.


Have a WHALE of a time in NYC

Whales off the coast of New York City? Yes!!! Watch this video to see for yourself, learn about whales and how you can see them with

Menhaden Management Ecological Reference Points

A diverse group of marine advocates come together in support of menhaden management that accounts for their critical role ecosystem role.

New York City: A New Spot for Whale-Watching

New York City has countless attractions for its many visitors, but now there is a new and very unusual tourist draw — whale watching. It seems more and more whales are being spotted near Manhattan Environmentalists say it's an encouraging sign the water is becoming cleaner.

Humpback Whales of New York City

The Concrete Jungle is famous for its huge crowds and massive buildings, New York City is also home to more than 600 species of animal! Join hosts Katie and Ben as they journey around the 5 boroughs, and learn a little bit more about the Wildlife that shares their home!

NYC’s Whale Population is Making a Comeback

In 2011, only five humpback whales were seen breaching the waters around New York City - dismal numbers for a whale population that once thrived in the area. This year, whale sightings have already reached over 375 unique sightings of various species.  

Representing GW: Paul Sieswerda, Celia Ackerman

NYC Whale Watching in the Rockaways aboard the American Princess with Gotham Whale

A NYC whale watching expedition aboard the American Princess with Gotham Whale. I couldn't believe there are actually whales swimming around New York! It looks like New York has new neighbors.

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Archipelago New York

Archipelago New York is a three-part documentary series by Thomas Halaczinsky, loosely based on his book by the same title.  The films document a modern day exploration  of the New York island world by sailboat.