Officers find whale in New York river

Officers patrolling New York City’s harbor spotted a whale in the East River Saturday.

The special operations division of the New York Police Department posted a photo of it on their Twitter and Facebook pages.

As reported by USA TODAY, the whale was seen swimming along the shores of Manhattan’s upper East Side. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons said it appears to be a humpback whale.

Mariners were notified about the spotting, but the whale will be left alone unless it poses a threat to itself or others.