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Montauk whale watch  Great South Channel Whale Watch Seal Walks

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


CRESLI SEAL WALKS AT CUPSOGUE


2014-2015 SEAL WALK SCHEDULE AND SIGHTINGS
BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON -Flash version
BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON - html version (for iPad and iPhone users)
All CRESLI seal sighting summaries
seal photographs from ALL trips
CRESLI's best seal photos thru 2014
Grey seal feeding on bunker

2014-2015 CUPSOGUE SEAL SIGHTINGS
Date Status
Saturday, November 22, 2014 2 harbor seals swimming
Sunday,
November 23, 2014
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 phorogarphic evidence and is pursuing the matter.

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Saturday, december 06, 2014 canceled due to storm
Sunday,
December 07, 2014
canceled due to excessive wind
Sunday,
December 14, 2014 (
Research trip)
 68 harbor seals

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Friday,
December 19, 2014 (
Research trip)
 78 harbor seals

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Saturday
December 20, 2014
 73 harbor seals

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Sunday
December 21, 2014
 81 harbor seals

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Saturday
December 27, 2014
 90 harbor seals

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Monday
December 29, 2014
 85 harbor seals

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Friday
January 02, 2015
(Research trip)
 88 harbor seals

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Saturday
January 0
3, 2015
14 harbor seal (swimming)

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Sunday
January 11, 2015
(Research trip)
14 harbor seal (swimming)

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WEdnesday
January 14, 2015
(Research trip)
14 harbor seal (swimming)

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Thursday
January 15, 2015
(Research trip)
87 harbor seals

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Saturday
January 17, 2015
18 harbor seal (7 hauled-out and 11 swimming).

The temperature at 8:00 AM was somewhere around 12 degrees Fahrenheit. It was cold, but our stalwart participants were ready for the cold. 

We 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 u til enough individuals haul-out to provide some "strength in numbers.

(a few hours later 40 were reported hauled-out)
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Sunday
January 18, 2015
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 bar

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Tuesday
January 20, 2015
(Research trip)
68 harbor seals

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Videos
Sunday
February 01, 2015
28 Harbor seals

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Saturday
February 14, 2015
51 Harbor seals

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Saturday
February 21, 2015
13 Harbor seals

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Saturday
February 28, 2015
34 Harbor seals

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Sunday
March 01, 2015
44 Harbor seals

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Saturday
March 07, 2015
65 Harbor seals

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Sunday
March 15, 2015
90 Harbor seals

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Monday
March 16, 2015
(Island Trees High School)
80 Harbor seals

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Sunday
March 22, 2015
74 Harbor seals

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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 DECEMBER 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 85 identified and named seals can be seen via the link above.

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

2015 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI

Whale Watching from Montauk

Sundays from July 5 - Sept 06

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 2014 season 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.

Our 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).

Since 7/29/12 through 8/27/14 we found cetaceans on 29 consecutive trips (97% success). We were bound to finally miss. What a ride!!!

Viking Fleet/CRESLI Montauk Whale Watch Information


Fin whale and bow-riding common dolphins, July 2013 off Montauk NY

2014 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI Sightings

2014 and previous whale watch sighting summaries

Best Photos of the 2014 Whale Watch Season

Interactive Maps of 2014 Sightings with Photos

Viking Fleet/CRESLI Montauk Whale Watch Information


 breaching humpback in Great South Channel, August 2014Humpback, GSC 2012

 

CRESLI 2015 GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL trip

August 9-11, 2015

The price has not changed !

Reservations for the 2015 GSC trip  are now being accepted

August 9-11, 2015

  Adult (13 and older) Child (6-12) Child (under 6)
CRESLI MEMBER $275 $137.50 NO CHARGE
NON-MEMBER $300 $150.00

Our 2014 trip was outstanding! 91 humpbacks and more

2015 Offshore Reservations

List of Identified Humpbacks from our 2014 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 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.

  Photos of Identified humpbacks from CRESLI trips (2002-2014)

Sighting summaries and photos for each offshore trip

Detailed list - total CRESLI humpback sightings 2002-2014

 Stellwagen Bank, feedingl humpback August 16, 2011


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