New York Cityâs urban waterways are again becoming home to some residents who havenât been seen for hundreds of years: Humpback whales. A common presence in pre-colonial times, humpbacks vanished from New Yorkâs waters as their numbers plummeted globally.
But there are signs of a resurgence. In the busy New York Bay, where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean, whale spotters have recorded twice as many whales this summer as last summer, and almost 20 times as many as in 2011. Researc