Whales return to Long Island Sound after long hiatus

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After A Long Hiatus, Whales Return To Long Island Sound.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – It was the summer of the whale this year on Long Island Sound, where fishermen and other boaters reveled in the return of the marine mammals after what appears to have been a two-decade hiatus. Joe Schnierlein, research and university liaison for The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, says it’s the first time whales have been seen in the western part of the sound since 1993, when a 30-foot finback was spotted in New Haven Harbor.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reminding all boaters that marine mammals are protected by the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act. On Saturday, Chris Curran of Darien, Connecticut, caught a young humpback whale on cellphone video breaching the water about 20 to 30 feet from his boat about 1½ miles off Darien and Norwalk, while he was with his 8-year-old son and his son’s friend.

He surmises menhaden have thrived for several reasons, including 2-year-old harvesting restrictions on them and a lack of rain, which he believes has reduced pollution-laden runoff from entering the sound.

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