Whale Spotted Near The Rockaways (VIDEO)

05/02/2013 01:59 pm ET | Updated May 02, 2013

A humpback whale was spotted swimming near the Rockaways Thursday by flyfishing enthusiast Brendan McCarthy, who captured the sighting on video.

While whale and dolphin sightings aren't extremely unusual in the waters off NYC, for McCarthy, this one was special.

"I am a flyfishing charter boat captain and have spent a lot of time out here for the past 20 years," he explained to Gothamist."Never see them this close here."

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