In the waters of New York, the great return of the whales

Are the Americans still able to cooperate with patience and ambition? Yes: the waters of New York are proof of that. Nine humpback whales were recently seen there simultaneously, huffing and jumping in front of the skyscrapers, as if to take the most spectacular selfie.

Fin and right whales have been sighted in staggering numbers, along with bottlenose dolphins, spinner sharks, hammerhead sharks, harbor seals, blue crabs and seahorses.

The oysters, which had all but disappeared decades ago, cling to the retaining walls that line Brooklyn’s Coney Island Creek and the pillars of the Mario Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River, nearly 30 kilometers north of the town.

An archipelago in the Atlantic

Humans are also numerous on the water as in the water. We often forget it, the horizon being blocked by skyscrapers, but the metropolis of New York is an archipelago, a fringe of North America which extends into the Atlantic. Only one of its five boroughs (the Bronx) is on the mainland.

The three rivers which cross the city and the port where they flow are cleaner today than they have been for a hundred years. This set is on the way to becoming the great decentralized park of New York.

New Yorkers paddle the Hudson, they strut the Harlem River with the music blaring, sunbathing on the decks of their gleaming motorboats; they race jet skis under the Brooklyn Bridge; they surf at dawn off the highrise bars of Far Rockaway in Queens, then they take the A line of the subway to work.

And they go out on a whale watching boat from Brooklyn. “It’s awesome”, enthuses Howard Rosenbaum, who grew up in New York when watching a single whale in the distance off Long Island was an event.

Water Quality Act

Howard Rosenbaum is the head of the Ocean Giants program [Les géants de l’océan] to the Wildlife Preservation Society, which has its premises at the Bronx Zoo.

“I have worked in all the ocean basins

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