This story has been updated on July 22 with photos of whale spotted near New Rochelle, courtesy Hannah and Patty Doyle of Greenwich.
Original Story, July 21 by Kai Sherwin:
On Thursday morning, a whale was spotted in the waters around Great Captain’s Island. Several boaters grouped up near the whale, watching as it devoured Bunker (a type of small schooling fish).
Jeff Gallagher, one of those who was lucky enough to watch the majestic animal, said, “It was pure black, with the jaws like a sperm whale. It wasn’t a pilot whale. Probably about 18-20 feet long. Bigger than my boat.”
When asked about how rare a sighting this was, Mr. Gallagher responded, “I’ve been here all my life and I’ve never seen one.”
This could just be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, or an ominous sign of increasing habitat and migration pattern disruptions.