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Whale Spotted In New York Harbor Near Liberty Island

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A whale has been spotted swimming off the coast of Liberty Island.

The Coast Guard told 1010 WINS they received reports from boaters about the wayward whale in New York Harbor early Thursday morning.

Petty Officer Steve Stromeir said the whale doesn't appear to be hurt and is just swimming around the island.

"The Coast Guard has put out a safety broadcast, just a notice to mariners to proceed with caution in the area of Liberty Island and just keep a look out and call in with further reporters if the whale has been sighted again or has moved," Stromeir said.

It's unusual for whales to get this close to the island, but it has happened in the past, according to Stromeir.

"It's not very common that they come into the Harbor this close," Stromeir said.


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