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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


2014 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI

Whale Watching from Montauk

starts  June 29, 2014.

We had an AMAZING 100% success rate in 2013

Sailing during July and August on every Sunday in 2014.

 Reservations strongly recommended. 

Departure:  9:30am 
Return: 3:30pm
Fares for 2014 (may be subject to a fuel surcharge)
Adults: $75
Children: (5 - 12 years): $49

Viking Fleet/CRESLI Montauk Whale Watch Information

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Short beaked common dolphin, Summer 2013Leatherback turtle, Summer 2013

fin whale SSE of Montauk Point, Summer 2013

2013 Whale Watch Sightings

Best Photos from the 2013 Whale Watch

2013 and previous whale watch sighting summaries



CRESLI 2014 SEAL WALK SCHEDULE AT CUPSOGUE BEACH

CRESLI SEAL WALK RESERVATIONS
Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach
SEAL WALK RESERVATIONS
All CRESLI seal sighting summaries
seal photographs from ALL trips
CRESLI's best seal photos thru 2013
IDENTIFIED HARBOR SEALS AT CUPSOGUE
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 February 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 cab be seen at http://drartiek-cresli.smugmug.com/Pinnipeds/Cupsogue-Identified-harbor


2013-2014 CRESLI Seal Sightings

 Cupsogue Beach

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2013-2014 CUPSOGUE SEAL SIGHTINGS
Date Status Trip Type
Monday, November 11, 2013
7 harbor seals
(hauled out)
photos
Research
Friday, November 29, 2013
10 harbor seals
(hauled out)
photos
Research
Saturday, November 30, 2013 3 harbor seals
(swimming)

photos not available
Seal Walk
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2013
3 harbor seals
(swimming)
 
Photos
SEAL WALK
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013
20 harbor seals
(swimming)

Photos
Research
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013
55 harbor seals
(hauled-out)
 
Photos
SEAL WALK
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2013
63 harbor seals were hauled out between 7:20 and 7:50 AM

Acording to an eye-witness, the seals were purposely harassed by a vessel and were forced into the water around 8:45 AM.

At 9:45, CRESLI returned with a group of people for the seal walk, but only 20 seals remained.

 
Photos of both times
RESEARCH and
SEAL WALK
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013
87-95 harbor seals hauled out at Cupsogue between 7:45 - 8:20 AM.

CRESLI volunteers in the area reported to us that a duck hunting group brought their vessel near the haul-out and flushed the seals.

Once again our seal walk participants were only able to see about 17 seals swimming in the area.

We at CRESLI would like to get the word out to boaters near Moriches Inlet to leave the resting seals alone

Photos of both times
RESEARCH  and
SEAL WALK
Monday, December 30, 2013
69 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
Research
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014
60 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
SEAL WALK
Friday, January 17, 2014
30 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
Research
Sunday, January 26, 2014
8 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
SEAL WALK
Monday, January 27, 2014
33 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
SEAL WALK for USFWS group
Saturday, February 01, 2014
15-20 harbor seals
(Swimming)

Oil spill at Cupsogue Beach yesterday (1/31/14) near the seal haulout.


Yesterday a barge sank NE of the seal haulout area and release about 600 gallons of diesel fuel into the bay. A report from a CRESLI volunteer (Patty Alessi) notified the DEC yesterday. The seals were swimming in the oil.

Dr. Kopelman of CRESLI was there on 2/1/2014, as were the NYS DEC
Police, Coast Guard and others.
The shore, marshes, rocks were oil coated. There were about 20 harbor seals swimming in the area (see photos) and none are hauled out. 

According to NYS DEC police, the USCG will be setting up booms to try and capture what they can. The seals photographed today are some of the core group utilizing this site got many years. Let's hope that the oil gets removed or dissipates soon and that the damage is limited and the seals aren't severely impacted

photos
Research
SUnday, February 02, 2014
15-20 harbor seals
(Swimming)

Second day post oil-spill. About 20 seals again. Too many people around including workers cleaning up the spill. the seals were not hauling out becuase of all the activity near shore.

Ladies and gentlemen, please observe the seals from the bluff and don't head down to the shore. Let's give the seals a chance to rest on the sandbar undisturbed by people milling about the shoreline.

photos
Research
Saturday, February 08, 2014
43 harbor seals
(hauled out and swimming)

SEAL WALK
Sunday, February 09, 2014
60 harbor seals
(hauled out)

SEAL WALK
Monday, February 17, 2014
47 harbor seals
(hauled out)

Research
Sunday, February 23, 2014
72 harbor seals
hauled out early, just after sunrise (7:00AM). they were flushed from the site by the activities & noise associated with the pipe removal and clearing of the dredging operations.

We returned after 9:00 am observed 15-20 harbor seals (12 hauled out and the others swimming)

Research
Saturday, March 01, 2014
12 harbor seals
Swimming early (10:30AM) and just began to haul out in small numbers. colleagues who remained on site (Merry Camhi and Keith Ellenbogen) observed 10 haul out only to be harassed by an airplane circling above them repeatedly, and were finally flushed from the haul-out just before we arrived again. We have photographed the tail #'s on this aircraft and will be reporting it as well to NOAA Fisheries agents.

My guess us that it's the same pilot as he helicopter doing the same thing earlier.


We returned after 12:45 PM observed 10-12 harbor seals swimming

Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, March 02, 2014
61 harbor seals
hauled out early (11:00 AM). they were later flushed from the site by unknown activities .

returned after 1:00 Pm observed 12 harbor seals (3 hauled out and the others swimming)

Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, March 09, 2014
45 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Research and
SEAL WALK
Saturday, March 15, 2014
15-20 harbor seals
(swimming)
Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, March 16, 2014
47 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, March 23, 2014
85 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Research and
SEAL WALK
Friday, March 28, 2014
45 harbor seals
(hauled out)

SEAL WALK for  Kasha Academy
Saturday, March 29, 2014
15 harbor seals
(SWIMMING)

Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, April 6, 2014
30 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Research
Saturday, april 12, 2014
22 harbor seals
hauled out early (9:00 AM). they were later flushed from the site by vessels approaching too closely and aircraft flying directly overhead at low altitude.

returned after 11:30 Am observed 3 harbor seals swimming

Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, April 13, 2014
4 harbor seals
(swimming)
Research and
seal walk

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

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

 

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

Our 2013 trip was outstanding! 97 humpbacks and more

We have now encountered 778 humpbacks in our 13 offshore trips to the Great South Channel and Stellwagen, and locally. With the of the 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 319 different whales during these trips.

  

Photos of Identified humpbacks from CRESLI trips (2002-13)

Sighting summaries and photos for each offshore trip

Detailed list - total CRESLI humpback sightings 2002-2013 Stellwagen Bank, feedingl humpback August 16, 2011


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CRESLI Library program for children ages six through nine.


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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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