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 hope that those folks
get nailed for marine mammal harassment and anything else
with which they can be charged.
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 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 60
identified and named seals can be seen at
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
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.
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).
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
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
We have now had 873 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 354 different whales during these trips.
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