Cuckoo Hunter. Photo courtesy of


The carcass of a decomposing whale drifted to the surface yesterday afternoon in the Hudson River, near Jersey City, N.J.

Fin whales. Photo by Hans Bernhard (CC 3.0)


The whale was first sighted after an unfortunate encounter with a containership in Newark Bay on Monday, as reported by NBC New York.

The 30-foot whale was first spotted under the bow of a cargo ship in Newark Bay by a pilot boat driver a couple of days ago, according to Bob Schoelkopf of Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigatine. The ship appeared to have struck the whale, the pilot boat driver confirmed. 

Read more from NBC New York here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee