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2011 CRESLI Viking Whale watch reports

photo-gallery best of the 2011 local whale watch trips

Things you might want to bring on a whale watch

July 3, 2011

A Great Sea Adventure

What a great start to the 2011 Whale Watching season!! The Common dolphins put on a great show for us. They were jumping out of the water and riding on our bow wave a ton. We saw approximately 250 for the day. We also saw an ocean sunfish, a Trigger fish and a 400 lb Leatherback sea turtle. We had a fantastic view of it whole body. On the way back we also spotted a blue shark.

Totals
250 Common Dolphins

1 Leatherback Sea Turtle
1 Triggerfish
1 Sunfish
400 Greater Shearwaters
1 Northern Gannet

1 Sooty Shearwater

10 Corey's Shearwater

40 Wilson's Storm Petrels

July 03, 2011 photos

Sunday July 10 2011

Ye Hah! Dolphins Galore!

Today was another fantastic day for common dolphin sightings. We saw approximately 360 dolphins including a ton of calves. They swam right next to the Starship and we were able to hear their clicks and whistles that they make to communicate. We also saw 3 sea turtles; 2 leatherback and a loggerhead. On the way back home we spotted a basking shark and a white marlin eating sand eels. The white marlin was especially cool because they are very rare!

Totals

360 Common Dolphin
2 Leatherback Sea Turtles
1 Loggerhead Sea Turtle
1 Basking Shark
1 White Marlin
140 Greater Shearwaters
75 Wilson's Storm Petrels
50 Corey's Shearwaters
Some Flying fish and some Mahi Mahi

July 10, 2011 photos

Our track and waypoints

Sunday July 17, 2011

Humpback at the Lighthouse!

Today was awesome! We spotted a juvenile humpback whale (35 feet long) right near the Montauk lighthouse. We stayed with it for two hours as it swam right next to the Starship. It breached and did a tail slap which was a real treat! We also saw a Leatherback sea turtle.

Totals
1 Humpback
1 Leatherback Sea Turtle
28 Corey's Shearwaters
50 Greater Shearwaters
10 Wilson's Storm Petrels

July 17, 2011 Photos

Sunday July 24, 2011

Ocean Clean Day

Today we pulled eight helium balloons out of the ocean and saved who knows how many sea turtles and dolphins! We had a brief glimpse of 20 common dolphins before we reached the lighthouse, but we were unable to stay with them. Later we saw glimpses of basking shark and a blue shark. We also saw two trigger fish.

Totals
20 Common Dolphin
1 Basking Shark
1 Blue Shark
75 Corey's Shearwaters
20 Greater Shearwaters
135 Wilson's Storm Petrels

Sunday July 31, 2011

Dolphins & Sharks!!

Today was fantastic! We saw tons of common dolphins and a few bottlenose dolphins. We stayed with the dolphins for hours watching them jump out o the water and ride the bow wave of the Starship. We also had a glimpse of a basking shark breach and a great white shark breach. We saw the Great White breach 3 times! It was awesome!!

Totals
280 Common Dolphin
2 Bottlenose Dolphin
1 Basking Shark
1 Great White Shark
20 Greater Shearwaters
20 Coreys Shearwaters
135 Wilsons Storm Petrel
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July 31, 2011 photos
 

Sunday August 14, 2011

Dolphin Calves!

Today we saw 160 Short-beaked common dolphins. Within this group there were at least 40 calves. They were so small and adorable! It was great to see the dolphins jumping out of the water right next to the boat! We also saw a basking shark breach.

Totals
160 Short-Beaked Common Dolphins
1 Basking Shark
5 Greater Shearwaters
10 Coreys Shearwaters
240 Wilson Storm Petrels


August 14, 2011 photos

Sunday August 21, 2011

Well, it had to happen sooner or later!

Today we made a valiant effort to find whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles or anything else- but to no avail. We covered over 60 nautical miles but all we found were a lot of balloons (which we picked up) and some birds.

Totals:
2 Cory's Shearwaters
40 Wilson's Storm Petrels
6 Red-necked phalaropes

Sunday September 4, 2011

A Lot of Birds!

Today we saw an Ocean Sunfish, 20 Wilson's Storm Petrels, 20-30 Corey's Shearwaters, 1 Greater Shearwater and 2 Brown Pelicans!
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