UPDATED with PHOTOS! Whale Spotted Thursday Morning in Greenwich Near Great Captain’s Island

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Photo of whale spotted Thursday, July 21 near New Rochelle, Contributed, Hannah Doyle

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.

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Whale spotted near New Rochelle, July 21. Photo Patty Doyle

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Whale spotted near New Rochelle, July 21. Photo Patty Doyle

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Whale spotted near New Rochelle, July 21. Photo Patty Doyle

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Whale spotted near New Rochelle, July 21. Photo Patty Doyle

See also: Dozens of Dead Fish Found Floating in Binney Pond on Wednesday


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  • Emanuel Chinoz

    That’s a Minke Whale for sure. I can tell by its dorsal fin shape.

    • Anonymous

      Umm.. No. This is a Humpback Whale

  • Gregory C

    Definitely not a sperm whale. This whale’s dorsal fin and mouth shape more closely resemble those of a humpback whale, which are also more likely to visit the shallow waters of the Long Island Sound.

  • dweld

    Ominous sign.. how about a positive sign of the recovery of bait fish stocks due to fishing limitations and other investments in water quality. Thanks chicken little.