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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 has a new address: P.O. Box 54, West Sayville, NY 11796


2015 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI

Whale Watching from Montauk

Sundays from July 5 - Sept 06

So far in 2015 we have had 100% success.

Since 2009  we have had 86% success rate in finding cetcaceans

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 2015 season is spectacular. Our local trips brought us in contact wth fin whales, and short-beaked common dolphins so far.


Since 7/29/12 through 8/16/15 we found cetaceans on 36 out of 37 trips (97.3% success).

 

Viking Fleet/CRESLI Montauk Whale Watch Information


2015 CRESLI WHALE WATCH Sightings

Date

click on links below for detailed reports for each day

Cetaceans

click on links below for photo-galleries

Pelagic birds

  &

other biota

07/05/2015 2 Fin Whales

Photos
Interactive map and photos
2 Hammerhead Sharks
1 Ocean Sunfish
40 Wilson's Storm Petrels
20 Phalaropes
10 Great Shearwaters
10 Cory's Shearwaters
2 Manx Shearwaters
1 Northern Gannet
07/12/2015 10 Fin Whales

Photos
Interactive map and photos
200 Cory's Shearwaters
100 Great Shearwaters
1 Manx Shearwater
10 Wilson's Storm Petrels
07/19/2015 1 Fin Whale
100-120 Short-Beaked Common Dolphins

Photos
Interactive map and photos
Video
10 Wilson's Storm Petrels
45 Cory's Shearwaters
5 Great Shearwaters
20 Common Terns
20 Forster's Terns
1 Roseatte Tern (near jetty)
07/26/2015 16 Fin Whales
2 Minke whales
60 Short-Beaked Common Dolphins

Photos
Interactive map and photos
Underwater Dolphin Video
75 Wilson's Storm Petrels
50 Cory's Shearwaters
12 Great Shearwaters
2 phalaropes (unknown species)
1 loggerhead sea turtle
8/02/2015 7 fin whales
1 Minke Whale
20 short-beaked common dolphins
Photos
Interactive Map and Photos
Video
30 Great shearwaters
20 Cory's shearwaters|
50 Wilson's storm petrels
8/09/2015 1 Fin Whale
Photos
Interactive Map and Photos
50 Great shearwaters
10 Cory's shearwaters|
50 Wilson's storm petrels
CRESLI GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL TRIP
8/10 AND 11
80 humpback whales
20 minke whales
3 finback whales
3 Sei whales
100 short-beaked common dolphins

pHOTOS

VDEO 1 BY SCOTT YOUNG
VIDEO 2 BY SCOTT YOUNG
VIDEO 1 BY TIM FRANCIS
VIDEO 2 BY TIM fRANCIS

 
1 Blue shark
1 Basking Shark
500 Wilson's Storm Petrels
25 Leach's Storm Petrels
200 Cory’s Shearwaters
2000 Great Shearwaters
25 Sooty Shearwaters
15 Manx Shearwaters
5 Parasitic Jaegers
1 Skua sp.
3 Northern Gannets
1 Skua sp.
2 Phalarope sp. 
8/16/2015 1 Fin Whale
Photos
Interactive Map and Photos
15 Great shearwaters
5 Cory's shearwaters|
15 Wilson's storm petrels
12 Phalaropes (unknown species)
8/23/2015 100 inshore bottlenose dolphins
 2 North Atlantic Right Whales

Photos
Interactive Map and Photos
10 Great shearwaters
25 Cory's shearwaters|
50 Wilson's storm petrels
1 Northern Gannet

2015 and previous whale watch sighting summaries
 

CRESLI 2015 Great South Channel Offshore Whale and Pelagic Bird Trip

Stellwagen Bank, feedingl humpback August 16, 2011

 

CRESLI 2015 GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL trip

August 9-11, 2015

Another Spectacular trip

Our 2015 trip was outstanding! 80 humpbacks and more

PHOTOS from the 2015 GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL TRIP

List of Identified Humpbacks from our 2015 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

We have now had 944 humpback encounters in our trips to the Great South Channel, Stellwagen Bank, and locally. With the assistance of 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 372 different whales during these trips.

  Photos of Identified humpbacks from CRESLI trips (2002-2015)

Sighting summaries and photos for each offshore trip

Detailed list - total CRESLI humpback sightings 2002-2014

 



CRESLI SEAL WALKS AT CUPSOGUE

ARE OVER FOR 2015

We will begin again in November


2014-2015 SEAL WALK SCHEDULE AND SIGHTINGS

BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2014-15 SEASON
All CRESLI seal sighting summaries
seal photographs from ALL trips
CRESLI's best seal photos through 2015
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 JUNE 2015, the catalog contains 125 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 87 identified and named seals can be seen via the link above.

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

Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach, December 15, 2013Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach, December 15, 2013
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What to do if you see healthy, sick, alive or dead marine mammal or sea turtle?
Fill out a CRESLI Sighting report form

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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