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Montauk whale watch  Great South Channel Whale Watch Seal Walks


CRESLI 2014 SEAL WALKS AT CUPSOGUE BEACH BEGIN NOVEMBER 22, 2014

2014-2015 SEAL WALK SCHEDULE
2014-2015 SEAL WALK RESERVATIONS
Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach
BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON -Flash version
BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON - html version (for iPad and iPhone users)
All CRESLI seal sighting summaries
seal photographs from ALL trips
CRESLI's best seal photos thru 2014
Grey seal feeding on bunker

CRESLI's photo-identification catalog of harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach

Dr. A. Kopelman has been compiling a catalog of harbor seals that utilize the haul out site at Cupsogue beach (near Moriches Inlet).  As of APRIL 2014, the catalog contains 70 seals that are identifiable based upon pelage marking patterns.  Several of these seals have returned every year, since 2006, other have returned less frequently but stll return to use that site. The catalog is part of an on-going long term study of site fidelity and population dynamics. Samples photos from 60 identified and named seals can be seen at

 http://drartiek-cresli.smugmug.com/Pinnipeds/Cupsogue-Identified-harbor


Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach, December 15, 2013Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach, December 15, 2013

2014 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI

Whale Watching from Montauk

is over.

Our 2014 Whale watching season ended on September 01, 2014. We were unable to find any whales or dolphins for the first time in 30 consecutive local trips since July 29, 2012. Ah well.

This season, like the last, was spectacular. Our local trips brought us in contact wth fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, short-beaked common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins (inshore and offshore types), leatherback turtles, loggerhead turtles, and Kemp's ridley turtles.

Our offshore trip to the Great South Channel continued our success for 13 years, with 30-40 minke whales, 3 fin whales, short-beaked common dolphins, white-sided dolphins, and 91 humpback whales (80 have been ID'd).

Since 7/29/12 through 8/27/14 we found cetaceans on 29 consecutive trips (97% success). We were bound to finally miss. What a ride!!! For specifics on all of our trips since 2000 and links to potos and maps, go to http://cresli.org/cresli/cetacean/ww_sightings.html


Fin whale and bow-riding common dolphins, July 2013 off Montauk NY

2014 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI Sightings

 

Best Photos of the 2014 Whale Watch Season

Interactive Maps of 2014 Sightings with Photos

Viking Fleet/CRESLI Montauk Whale Watch Information

2014 and previous whale watch sighting summaries

Date

click on links below for detailed reports for each day

Cetaceans

click on links below for photos and Maps

Pelagic birds

  &

other biota

06/29/2014 170 Common Dolphins
5 Fin Whales
1 humpback whale


Photos
Interactive Map with Photos
300 Wilson's storm petrels
200 Great shearwaters
20 Cory's shearwaters
1 Sooty shearwater
07/06/2014 20 offshore bottlenose Dolphins
12 Fin Whales
Photos
Interactive Map with Photos
Video
50 Wilson's Storm Petrels
40 Great Shearwaters
5 Corey's Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwater
100+ Common terns
07/13/2014 30 Common Dolphins
4 Fin Whales
1 Minke whale

Photos

Interactive map with photos
1 Ocean Sunfish
3 Cory Shearwaters
3 Great Shearwaters
20 Wilson Storm Petrels
07/20/2014 150 Inshore Bottlenose Dolphins
15 Fin Whales
2 Minke whales

Photos

Interactive map with photos
1 Ocean Sunfish
100 Wilson's storm petrels
15 Cory's Shearwaters
1 Great Shearwater
07/30/2014 30 Inshore Bottlenose Dolphins

Photos

Interactive map with photos
2 Leatherback sea turtles
1 Loggerhead sea turtle
1 Hammerhead shark
1 Ocean Sunfish
120 Wilson's storm petrels
50 Greater Shearwaters
10 Corey's Shearwaters
08/03/2014 1 humpback whale
Photos

Interactive Map with Photos
40 Wilson's storm petrels
12 Cory's shearwaters
2 Great shearwaters
1 shark (unknown species)
08/06/2014 1 Minke whale
1 fin whale
Photos

Interactive Map with Photos
30 Wilson's storm petrels
7 Cory's shearwaters
2 Great shearwaters
6 Red-necked Phalaropes
08/10/2014 3 fin whales
Photos

Interactive Map with Photos
1 Hammerhead shark
1 Ocean Sunfish
10 Wilson's Storm Petrels
50 Cory's Shearwaters
8/11 and 8/12
 Great South Channel
91 humpback whales (12 unknowns)
30 minke whales
3 finback whales
50 Atlantic white-sided dolphins
200 short-beaked common dolphins

PHOTOS from Day 1
PHOTOS from Day 2
Interactive Map with Photos
1 Blue shark
500 Wilson's storm petrels
300 Cory’s Shearwaters
1500 Great Shearwaters
10 Sooty Shearwaters
10 Manx Shearwaters
4 Parasitic Jaegers
1 Skua sp.
7 Northen Gannets
08/17/2014 8 fin whales
2 minke whales
20 short-beaked common dolphins
Photos

Interactive Map with Photos
1 unidentified sea turtle
80 Cory's shearwaters
5 Great shearwaters
1 Parasitic jaeger
2 Wilson's storm petrels 
08/20/2014 2 fin whales
2 minke whales
145 short-beaked common dolphins
Photos

Interactive Map with Photos
3 Leatherback Sea Turtles
5 Wilson Storm Petrels
3 Cory's Shearwaters
1 Manx Shearwater
08/24/2014 2 fin whales
2 minke whales
Photos

Interactive Map with Photos
20 Cory's shearwaters
14 Great shearwaters
6 Wilson's storm petrels
1 Mola mola
several flying fish
08/27/2014 3 fin whales

10 Cory's shearwaters
3 Great shearwaters
5 Wilson's storm petrels
1 Mola mola
several flying fish

Reservations strongly recommended.

Departure:  9:30am 
Return: 3:30pm
Adults: $75
Children: (5 - 12 years): $49

Best Photos from the 2014 Whale Watch Season coming soon


breaching humpback in Great South Channel, August 2014CRESLI Great South Channel trip

Our 2014 trip was outstanding! 91 humpbacks and more

List of Identified Humpbacks from our 2014 GSC trip

Join CRESLI on our yearly trip to the Great South Channel, a deep channel at the southern end of the Gulf of Maine, between Georges Bank and Nantucket Shoals.  This is a major feeding area for humpback and other whales

PHOTOS from Day 1
PHOTOS from Day 2

Interactive Map and Photos

2014 Great South Channel trip: August 10-12, 2014

Video from Day 1

Video from Day 2: the "Breachfest"

We have now encountered 870 humpbacks in our 14 trips to the Great South Channel.  With the assistance of members of the Gulf of Maine Humpback group, the Center for Coastal Studies, Allied Whale, Boston Harbor Cruises, and the FlukeMatcher groups on Flickr and Facebook we have photo-identified 352 different whales during these tripss.

  Photos of Identified humpbacks from CRESLI trips (2002-2014)

Sighting summaries and photos for each offshore trip

Detailed list - total CRESLI humpback sightings 2002-2014

 Stellwagen Bank, feedingl humpback August 16, 2011


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Limulus in the Limelight by John T. Tanacredi, Ph. D. (from Fauna) (0.9 MB)

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