Huge humpback whale runs along the Hudson River at 42nd Street in Manhattan
New York.- A humpback whale, considered enormous by those who sighted it, including some Dominicans, crossed the mighty Hudson River this Tuesday afternoon near the “Museum Intrepid Sea” by pier 84, located on the West Side Highway with 44th Street, in Midtown-Manhattan.
The aquatic mammal was heading south, and according to the Gotham Whale, a whale research and advocacy organization in NYC, it has most likely been foraging for food, urging vessels to slow down until they are verified.
Humpback whales are found in all oceans except the polar seas. An adult male can be 40 to 48 feet long. Adult females are slightly larger, measuring between 45 and 50 feet long. They vary between 25 to 40 tons.
They mate during the winter months in warm waters, producing a young every 2 to 3 years. The pregnancy lasts between 11 and 12 months. The calf at birth is between 10 and 12 feet long and weighs between 1 and 1.5 tons, it is fed by drinking up to 100 pounds of milk per day for a period of 5 to 7 months, staying with its mother for a year. The life span of the whale is 30 and 40 years.
Humpbacks can eat between 4,400 and 5,500 pounds of food a day during feeding seasons. Submerges under water for only 10-15 minutes. They can hold their breath for 45 minutes or more underwater, but this is not very common.