2 harbor seals hauled out only to be chased off the sand bar by a vessel. The
vessel's occupants beached the craft on the sand bar,
anchored it and got out and began shooting a shotgun at clay
targets. CRESLI personel notified Suffolk County, local, and
NYSDEC Police. After the shooters eventually left, the seals
returned to the sand bar. We at CRESLI have been in touch
with Federal Authorities and a NOAA Fisheries enforcemtn
agent has been gieven our photographic evidence and is
pursuing the matter.
The temperature at 8:00 AM was somewhere around 12
degrees Fahrenheit. It was cold, but our stalwart
participants were ready for the cold.
were lucky enough to see the begining of a haul-out.
The young seals hauled out first (they are molting and
truly need to be out of the water until their molts are
finished). The early haul-out individiuals were
typically hyper-vigilant Early haul-outers often
return to the water until enough individuals haul-out to
provide some "strength in numbers.
At the Cupsogue Beach haulout site this
morning at 8:10 (50
minutes prior to updates scheduled seal walk
meeting time), there were ~90 harbor
seals hauled out on the sand bar.
By 9:10, as we got to see the
sand bar for the first time (we were still
about 1/4 mile away from the viewing area) we
first noticed that NONE were hauled out,
As we got to the viewing area, we saw about
12 were in the water. Some swimming,
others bottling, and still others canoodling
in the between the near shore and the sand
4 harbor seals hauled out on the rocks and later 10 Harbor seals in the water
Dr. Kopelman (CRESLI) led a trip at Cupsogue today for
D'Ambrosia's marine science and research students from
William Floyd High School. about 2
hours before the students arrived he saw no seals hauled out on the
usual sand bar, and much to his surprise, a group
of juvenile harbor seals were hauled out on the rocks at the
base of the haulout viewing area.In 10 years and
over 230 observation periods, this had never been seen
Needles to say, the seals never hauled out on the
sandbar, left the rocks, but remained in the area when
the class was there.
There were 117 harbor seals and 3 grey seals seen about
6:30 AM on Sunday April 26, 2015 at the Cupsogue Beach
haulout site when Dr. Kopelman conducted his
photo-identification research. When we returned with our
seal walk group, 70 seals were hauled out until idiotic
low-lifes in a vessel named Silver-Bullet, NY1429-KA,
drove over to the haulout area and began fishing about
20 yards from the seals. This caused the seals to flush
from the sandbar, much to the anger of those gathered to
observe the seals from a distance. These low-life
buffoons refused to back away from the seals, when asked
to do so, and chuckled as they chased the seals away.
They were warned that they would be photographed and
that we would send the photos to federal authorities.
The photos have been sent and we hope these miscreants
get nailed by NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Agents for
marine mammal harassment.
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 DECEMBER 2014, the catalog
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.
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