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Become a CRESLI member today!  Get discounts on the offshore whale watches!  Join us on our seal walks!  Get early notification!
Montauk whale watch  Great South Channel Whale Watch Seal Walks

CRESLI's new phone number: (631)-319-6003

CRESLI's address: P.O. Box 54, West Sayville, NY 11796


2017 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI WHALE WATCH

BEGAN JULY 2, 2017

every Sunday until September 3

WE ARE AT 100% SUCCESS SO FAR FOR 2017

  • since 7/29/12 through 8/13/17 we found cetaceans on 54 out of 58 trips (93.1% success).

  • Since 2009  we have had 92% success rate in finding cetcaceans (115 out of 125)

2017 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI WHALE WATCH INFORMATION

Make Whale Watch Reservations for our Local 6 hr. Trips

Join the crew with over 30 years of whale watching experience. Come away with geat memories, great photos and videos, and an education about whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and marine life that is second-to-none..Fin whale off Montauk, July 2014

As in every year since 2009, our 2017 season is spectacular. Our local trips brought us in contact wth fin whales, Minke whales, humpback whales, as well as short-beaked common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

Make Whale Watch Reservations for our Local 6 hr. Trips

2017 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI Whale Watching from Montauk

Date

click on links below for detailed reports for each day

Cetaceans

click on links below for photo-galleries

Pelagic birds

  &

other biota

July 2, 2017
8 Fin whales
1 Minke Whale

Photos
1 Ocean Sunfish
1 Blue Shark
46 Great Shearwaters
80 Cory’s Shearwaters
25 Sooty Shearwaters
1 Manx Shearwaters
100 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
1 South Polar Skua
1 Black Tern
July 9, 2017
11 Fin whales
500 Short-beaked common dolphins

Photos
1 Ocean Sunfish
1 loggerhead sea turtle
300 Great Shearwaters
300 Cory’s Shearwaters
10 Sooty Shearwaters
120 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
4 Manx Shearwaters
July 16, 2017
2 Humpback whales
1 Fin whale
200 Bottlenose dolphins

Photos
1 Ocean Sunfish
1 Hammerhead shark
10 Great Shearwaters
15 Cory’s Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwater
300 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
1 Northern Gannet (immature)

July 23, 2017
4 Humpback whales

Photos
1 Great Shearwater
20 Cory’s Shearwaters
10 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
August 06, 2017
15 Humpback whales
100 inshore bottlenose dolphins

Photos
Video
1 Mako shark
5 Cory’s Shearwaters
2 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
August 13, 2017
3 Humpback whales

Photos
22 Great Shearwaters
76 Cory’s Shearwaters
153 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
Bird counts courtesy of Taylor Sturm and Pete Morris
     

2016 and previous whale watch sighting summaries

Viking Fleet/CRESLI Montauk Whale Watch Information


Great South Channel, humpback curious approach, July 17, 2017

CRESLI GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL TRIPS

We are still at 100% success at finding whales on our offshore trips.

Two 2017 Great South Channel Trips: July 16-18 and August 13-15

A magical day in the Great South Channel: July 17, 2017

Our July 2017 trip was one of the most memorable we've ever had.  Take a look at the video below:

Another successful Offshore trip!

August 13-15, 2017

Detailed report & photos coming soon


 

Open mouth feeding humpback, 8/145/16 in GSC

Sighting summaries and photos for each offshore trip


Join CRESLI on our yearly tripS 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

We have now had 1135 humpback encounters in our trips to the Great South Channel, Stellwagen Bank, and locally. With the assistance of Laura Howes of Boston Harbor Cruises, the Gulf of Maine Humpback group, the Center for Coastal Studies, Allied Whale, and the FlukeMatcher groups on Flickr and Facebook, we have photo-identified 430 different humpback whales during these trips.

  Photos of Identified humpbacks from CRESLI trips (2002-2017)

Detailed list - total CRESLI humpback sightings 2002-2016


CRESLI SEAL WALKS AT CUPSOGUE BEACH HAVE ENDED FOR 2017, WE START AGAIN IN NOVEMBER


Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach


2016-2017 SEAL WALK SCHEDULE AND SIGHTINGS


CRESLI's best seal photos through 2017
All CRESLI seal sighting summaries
seal photographs from ALL trips
BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2016-2017 SEASON

Grey seal feeding on bunker

CRESLI's photo-id 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 May 2017, the Cupsogue harbor seal catalog contains 179 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 still 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 identified and named seals can be seen via the link above.

We've had a total of 15874 harbor seal encounters on 302 trips since 2004.

2016-2017 CRESLI Cupsogue Seal Sightings

SEAL WALK RESERVATIONS

Date Status Trip type
Friday, November 21, 2016 2 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Sunday, November 27, 2016 Canceled Seal Walk
Friday, December 09, 2016 69 harbor seals

Photos
 Video
Research
Saturday, December 10, 2016 84 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Sunday, December 11, 2016 90 harbor seals and 1 grey seal during reseach session prior to public walk

The seals were flushed from the haul-out by a boat before we were able to return.

30 harbor seals
were hauled out for the public seal walk

Photos

Video
Research and
Seal Walk
Thursday, December 22, 2016 73 harbor seals

Photos
 Video
Research
Sunday, December 25, 2016 55 harbor seals during reseach session prior to public walk

90 harbor seals were hauled out for the public seal walk

Photos
Research and
Seal Walk
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 108 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Saturday, January 07, 2017 43 harbor seals were seen (33 hauled out and 10 swimming)

Photos
Seal Walk
Monday, January 09, 2017 52 harbor seals

Photos

Video

Seal Walk for Oregon Middle School
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 108 harbor seals 

Photos
Seal Walk for East Quogue Elementary School
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 85 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk for Saxton and South Ocean Middle Schools
Sunday, January 15, 2017 73 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Saturday, January 21, 2017 114 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 63 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Saturday, January 28, 2017 21 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Sunday, January 29, 2017 70 harbor seals  were hauled out (resting on a sandbar).

After a while, a vessel (Full House: NY 4793GR) approached slowly, then moved in on the seals and flushed about 20 from the sandbar. That is classic 'harassment' as defined by the MMPA (Marine Mammal Protection Act). The entire incident was recorded in HD video and will be sent to NOAA Fisheries Enforcement agents and NYS DEC Police.

Come on folks, keep your distance from seals, keep observing, and if you notice ANY RESPONSE to your presence, LEAVE the area immediately and carefully.

Let's coexist!
 Photos and Video
Seal Walk
Sunday, February 5, 2017 54 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Saturday, February 11, 2017 107 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Saturday, February 18, 2017 131 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Sunday, February 19, 2017 152 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Saturday, February 25, 2017 32 harbor seals swimming after being repeatedly disturbed by vessels and people

Photos
Seal Walk
Sunday, February 26, 2017 83 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Saturday, March 11, 2017 35 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Sunday, MaRCH 12, 2017 131 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Sunday, MaRCH 26, 2017 32 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Friday, April 7, 2017 115 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Saturday, April 08, 2017 131 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Sunday, April 09, 2017 93 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Saturday, April 22, 2017 5 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Sunday, April 23, 2017 10 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk



See Dr. Artie Kopelman's presentation at the 2015 Long Island Natural History Conference: Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach: population trends and site fidelity.


SEE DR. ARTIE KOPELMAN'S PRESENTATION ON THE 4TH EPISODE OF WATER MATTERS


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What to do if you see healthy, sick, alive or dead marine mammal or sea turtle?

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Call the NYS Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Standing Hotline at 631-369-9829

EDUCATORS: For information about CRESLI cruises, walks, lectures, other programs, and availability of in-service credit


Photos (by others) of Long Island's Coastal Biota and Ecosystems


Long Island Horseshoe Crab Network Alert

Help is needed to track species.

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

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