This morning’s sighting of a humpback whale in Long Island Sound between Compo Beach and Cockenoe Island has drawn plenty of attention. (Click here for a great WestportNow video.)
It also brought this email from alert “06880” reader and RTM member Wendy Batteau. She writes:
In another slice of my life, I work with the Maritime Aquarium (and also the Ocean Alliance). Regarding the whale, I received the following email from folks at the Aquarium:
Whales fall under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. There are federal restrictions on how closely you are allowed to approach them.
We do not want everyone in Fairfield and New Haven Counties with a boat to go chasing after this animal. We do not want boaters hurt, and we do not want this whale to be hurt.
One of the 3 humpbacks that turned up in the Sound 2 years ago was killed “by blunt force trauma,” probably in a collision with a sailboat.
If someone has videos or photos, please forward the images to Dave Hudson, John Lenzycki and Dave Sigworth: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Photos or video of the underside of the whale’s tail would be especially helpful. The pattern on the underside of every humpback’s tail is unique, and seeing it may help to identify the whale.