What’s drawing dolphins to New York Harbor?

Dolphins have been making regular appearances in New York Harbor. Credit: Wildlife Conservation Society/Ocean Giants/Image Taken under NMFSMMPA/ESA Permit No. 18786-04

Dolphins have been appearing more and more in New York Harbor, raising questions about what is bringing them to the area. To better understand, researchers are looking at the behaviors of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncates) in the harbor. From 2018 to 2020, a team from the Wildlife Conservation Society set up underwater microphones and recorders at six location to try to see when and where the dolphins ate. “It’s a very powerful tool to learn about bottlenose dolphins in our own backyard,” WCS senior scientist Howard Rosenbaum told the New York Times.

Read more from the New York Times and watch the video from WCS below.