NUMBERS NOT SEEN FOR 100 YEARS
Humpback whales have returned to New York Harbor and other New York waters in sizable numbers not seen in 100 years. (In the photo a humpback skyhops off Rockaway Peninsula with the Empire State Building and Manhattan skyline just behind.)
Why have the whales come back to New York? Improved water quality (thanks to the Clean Water Act of 1972) has caused algae and zooplankton to multiply. This provides food for menhaden – a small fish that whales like to eat.
Boats do sometimes bump into the whales in New York’s busy harbor, but nobody seems to mind very much – just watch out for the whales.
Humpback whales were taken off the Endangered Species List last year because of the increase in their numbers. So you see – environmental laws DO matter. In this case — fulfilling Kiran Verma’s vision of an Earth in which:
Tigers roam the forests
And great whales roam the seas.
Here is a link to Kiran Verma’s poem “Always” that includes whales in his vision for THE NEW EARTH: warrenhallcrain.com/always/
“Always” appears as the Epilogue on page 105 of my book THE MESSAGE (click the title to find it on Amazon.com …. please buy and read it!)
29 July 2017