Saturday, January 22, 2012
distance: 8 miles
weather: overcast, 26°F
kayakers: Bruce Taterka, Jürgen Englerth
Swinburne Island is an artificial island south of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
It was created in 1860 and used to quarantine immigrants with contagious diseases.
A few years ago, harbour seals started using Swinburne Island as a gathering spot in the winter and there are more and more of them each year.
Underneath the starting line of the New York City Marathon
We paddled under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and out into Lower New York Bay.
The skyline of Jersey City in the background
We saw plenty of seals. They came closer the longer we stayed. One even followed us back almost all the way to the Verrazano Bridge.