Whale watchers see many of the mammals near NYC

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Whales are among the mammals who love the area around New York. Their appearances generate a lot of interest.

In the past few days, there have been a number of sightings in the harbor and also near the the George Washington Bridge.

"It's unusual," says Paul Sieswerd of Gotham Whale.

The spotting of humpback whales is common in the waters of New York and New Jersey. Tours frequently run from the Rockaways and along the Jersey Shore.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries  has advised boaters in New York and New Jersey to be on a lookout for them.

Officials and volunteers are monitoring a situation off the coast of Suffolk County in Moriches Bay. A whale has been grounded on a sandbar for the past few days. It's possible it is sick and not able to move itself.

They will keep watching. New York Media Boat offers cruises for people and also escorts for whales spotted in the waters around New York City.

NOAA says humpbacks create bubble clouds to corral their prey and then lunge through the center to swallow the small fish. Fishermen or boaters in these bubble patches run the risk of colliding with a whale as it rapidly approaches the surface.

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