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Humpback whale spotted near Queens

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A humpback whale feeding in the waters near New York City, August 27, 2014. (Wildlife Conservation Society/Julie Larsen Maher) A humpback whale feeding in the waters near New York City, August 27, 2014. (Wildlife Conservation Society/Julie Larsen Maher)
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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A photographer with the Wildlife Conservation Society photographed a humpback whale feeding on small fish a few miles off New York City on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

The WCS, which runs an aquarium and four zoos in New York, released the photo, taken by Julie Larsen Maher, of the whale breaching the surface of the water about six miles from the Rockaways.

The waters of the area known as New York Bight, the indentation of the Atlantic coast from Cape May, N.J., to Montauk Point, N.Y., is a "feeding ground, nursery, and migratory corridor for many species of marine life including whales, dolphins, sharks, fish, and sea birds," according to a news release from the WCS.

Humpback whales weigh between 25 and 40 tons and can grow up to 60 feet long, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Humpback whales are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Some boat companies offer whale watching tours in New York's waters.

The WCS's mission is to protect wildlife and wild places around the world through science, conservation, and education programs and its network of zoos and aquarium in New York City. Its flagship park is the Bronx Zoo.

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