2004-05-21 / Community

‘Hungry’ Harbor Porpoise Visits Arverne Area

‘Hungry’ Harbor Porpoise Visits Arverne Area


A Harbor Porpoise was spotted in Jamaica Bay just off Beach 75 Street this week and seems to have decided to stay in the area to feast on baitfish. The adult porpoise, which is protected species, meandered into the area between the Bay Terminals of Rockaway (OSI), Quadrozzi and the Seaway Marina last weekend and has stayed all week. Harbor Porpoises, which are commonly mistaken for baby dolphins, are not ocean-dwellers and are often spotted in harbors and bays in the spring, according to Kim Durham, Rescue Program Director at the Long Island based Riverhead Foundation. Durham said this one looks “a little skinny” but that its behavior seems normal. She suggested it might have found a good source of food and has decided to stay and chow down, but warned that feeding or harassing the porpoise is against federal law. If you spot an interesting critter call the foundation hotline at 631-369-9829.A Harbor Porpoise was spotted in Jamaica Bay just off Beach 75 Street this week and seems to have decided to stay in the area to feast on baitfish. The adult porpoise, which is protected species, meandered into the area between the Bay Terminals of Rockaway (OSI), Quadrozzi and the Seaway Marina last weekend and has stayed all week. Harbor Porpoises, which are commonly mistaken for baby dolphins, are not ocean-dwellers and are often spotted in harbors and bays in the spring, according to Kim Durham, Rescue Program Director at the Long Island based Riverhead Foundation. Durham said this one looks “a little skinny” but that its behavior seems normal. She suggested it might have found a good source of food and has decided to stay and chow down, but warned that feeding or harassing the porpoise is against federal law. If you spot an interesting critter call the foundation hotline at 631-369-9829.

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