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In this Nov. 20, 2016 photo, a humpback whale pops up in the waters between 48th Street and 60th Street as seen from New York City, with New Jersey visible in the background. For nearly a week, a humpback whale has been cavorting in the Hudson River just off the wharves of Manhattan. Sightings have been reported from the Statue of Liberty to well north of the George Washington Bridge. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

A young humpback whale was spotted swimming in the Hudson River off Manhattan


A juvenile humpback whale was spotted swimming in New York's Hudson River.

Whale watchers snapped photos of the humpback whale.

The Coast Guard suspects it's the same whale others have spotted in the past few weeks.

New Yorkers say whale sightings have increased over the years. This was in 2014.

Why are there whales in the Hudson?

Most experts agree water conditions have improved in the river in the 35 years since the passage of the Clean Water Act, but they weren't willing to say that the whale visits are directly related.

Others say it's the perfect feeding ground.

“Rather than go all the way up to Massachusetts and Maine, they’ve found a good feeding ground right here in New York," Gotham Whale president Paul Sieswerda told the Times.

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