Minutes away from Manhattan, a humpback whale was captured in a photo as it tried to swallow as many fish as possible in a dramatic feeding frenzy.
The image, snapped by Julie Larsen Maher of the Wildlife Conservation Society, is a reminder of how important the waters off of New York are for marine mammals and other sea life.
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"Nothing can prepare you for walking along the shore and spotting the great leap and surge of a humpback whale in the distance," journalist Dave Taft wrote in a piece for the New York Times. "The magical moment is yours alone. The Atlantic knows how to keep its secrets."
Taft reminds that it's ironic such a large beast is forever left off of lists naming NYC's native mammals.
As he points out, "Humpback whales are some of the largest mammals in the world. In fact, they are among the largest animals ever to grace the planet."
According to NOAA, the whales can grow to 60 feet long and weigh up to 40 tons.
Maher spotted this particular humpback whale in an area called New York Bight, which extends northeasterly from Cape May Inlet in New Jersey to Montauk Point on the eastern tip of Long Island.