After a long hiatus. whales have appeared again on Long Island Sound. This year, fishermen have witnessed the return of these giant sea creatures.
According to the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk, the first sightings occurred in May with three beluga whales spotted near Fairfield Conn. Later that month, a minke whale was spotted south of Norwalk. Moreover, in the last couple of there have been many sightings of humpback whales, most of them west of Mamaronek.
According to reports from the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk, whales haven’t been spotted in the region for more than two decades, since 1993 to be more precise. Then, a 30 feet whale was seen in New Haven Harbor.
Many boaters have shot videos and took photos of the humpback whales that breached the surface of the water recently. All of them were excited and scared when they encountered the immense marine animals.
One of the boaters managed to capture on video a humpback whale that breached out of the water about 25 feet away from his boat. The young humpback was about 15 feet long, said the boater, and it surfaced about nine times.
The witness said that he and his boys were so excited about the situation and that at first they thought it was an orca. All of the people on board were scared for their life. On the last breach, the whale came unexpectedly close to the boat, but it changed its directions on time to avoid hitting the boat.
In the last couple of weeks, the whales have been the most popular subject in Long Island Sound. The state environmental officials warned the boaters to stay at 100 feet away from the whales. If a whale gets closer than that, boaters are advised to shift their engines to neutral and stay even further away from the creatures.
Environmental experts believe that the whales came again in the area because of a big increase in menhaden, a fish rich in calories and omega-3 fatty acids.
According to Mystic Aquarium, the eastern region of Long Island Sound has also been barren of such events in the last decade. Whale sightings have become uncommon events among the boaters. Before this year, the last sightings date far back as 2009 and 2005, when a pilot whale and, respectively, a minke whale were spotted in Stonington.
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