Save the Whales
Along the Jersey Shore
A dead juvenile humpback whale that washed up along Monmouth Beach, NJ in 2009 after being struck by a cargo ship in the ocean.
The number of humpback whale sightings along the Jersey Shore and around New York Harbor have increased dramatically in recent years.
No doubt, it’s exciting to see a whale along the coast! Due to improving water quality along the Jersey Shore, including around New York Harbor, there are increasing observations and sightings of whales feeding or swimming near the coast of New Jersey and New York. In fact, A total of 272 whales were spotted near the mouth of New York Harbor in 2018, according to the nonprofit Gotham Whale environmental organization. It’s a huge jump from when just five whales were spotted in 2011.
The sightings, which are almost always juvenile humpbacks or occasionally juvenile finbacks, suggest the marine mammal population is growing near one of the most populated coastlines in the world and within the busy and bustling waters of the New York Bight.
While industrial whaling decimated the world-wide whale population, including causing the extinction of the North Atlantic Grey whale population, during the 18th century, the main threats to whales today continues to be from people.
While some species of whales are slowing recovering from commercial hunting, all species of whales continue to be threatened from the direct result of human activities. An increasing number of whales every year are being tangled up in fishing gear, struck by ships, ingesting plastic pollution or being impacted by increasing noise pollution in the sea near the coastlines of New Jersey and New York.
Learn more below and discover some solutions and ways to help.