While we’re all stuck inside, animals have been frolicking, including some that don’t come around very often.
The most dramatic of these is a humpback whale that has now been spotted by several people in the Hudson River, including next to the Upper West Side. Twitter user Jack W. took a photo of a whale he saw at 72nd Street. It’s relatively small in the image below.
Humpback whale around 7:30 today near 72nd. pic.twitter.com/2r5mwHrdBZ
— Jack W (@jrwoodhull) December 9, 2020
It may have heard about the opening of Pastrami Queen, because it was less than one nautical mile away, near the end of the line for $4.99 sandwiches.
On Monday, Andres Javier also saw the whale around Hell’s Kitchen and took the video below. You can even see it clearing its blowhole!
for those requesting our 🗽🐋video without the text! pic.twitter.com/DxJF9WuKQQ
— Andrés (@AndresJavierNYC) December 8, 2020
Whales have been seen in the Hudson before, but this whale may have some extra room these days because “with COVID that there’s not much boat traffic out here,” one boat captain told Reuters.