Whale spotted in New York Harbor; boaters told to use caution

The Coast Guard says it has received reports of a whale near the Statue of Liberty.



Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons says that the whale was spotted Thursday near Liberty Island in New York Harbor.



The Coast Guard put out an advisory telling mariners to watch out and avoid contact with the whale.



Boats of all sizes frequent the area, including Staten Island ferries and cargo vessels.



It wasn't clear what type of whale it was, but it is believed to be a humpback whale.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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