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2015 CRESLI-Viking Whale watch reports



All trips leave from the Viking Landing in Montauk Harbor

Reservations Highly Recommended

Sunday July 5, 2015

Whales, Sharks, Portuguese Man-of-Wars and Ocean Sunfish!

What a great way to start the 2015 season. We found an amazingly cooperative young fin whale, who provided great views and photographs while it logged near the surface. A few miles awaywe found a large fin whale (over 70 feet long). This whale was feeding near the bottom and would provide us with great views as it surfaced and rolled to close its mouth. It was a fin whale with distinctive propeller scars and was seen by us last year. We also saw a variety of pelagic birds today including Wilson's Storm Petrels, Great Shearwaters, Cory's Shearwaters, Manx Shearwaters and some sort of phalaropes and a gannet. We saw two hammerhead sharks and one ocean sunfish as well.

Totals:

2 Fin Whales
2 Hammerhead Sharks
1 Ocean Sunfish
40 Wilson's Storm Petrels
20 Phalaropes (unindentified)
10 Great Shearwaters,
10 Cory's Shearwaters
2 Manx Shearwaters
1 Northern Gannet
Photos
Interactive Map with Photos

 Sunday July 12, 2015

A Motherload of Fin Whales

An hour and a half after leaving the dock, we found our first of 10 fin whales! The whales were spread out over a 3 nautical mile diameter area. Both single individuals and pairs. Some of the whales were feeding near the surface, others were feeding on the prey at the sea floor. It was an amazing day that included at least one whale that had been seen last in 2009. 

Totals:

10 Fin Whales
200 Cory's Shearwaters
100 Great Shearwaters
1 Manx Shearwater
10 Wilson's Storm Petrels

Photos
Interactive Map with Photos

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Whales & Dolphins!

It took a while to get out of the fog - several hours in fact, but we did and we found an aggregation of about 100-120 short-beaked common dolphins and 1 fin whale shortly thereafter. We had headed east to where whales and dolphins had been seen yesterday - 24 miles from the Point, but the fog was everywhere. Eventually, we headed back towards where we had seen whales last week. When we got there, the fog lifted and we found them. The dolphins included many young ones and some newly born. The 60 foot long fin whale was a new one for this year. A long but great trip!

Totals:

100-120 Common Dolphins
1 Fin Whale
10 Wilson's Storm Petrels
45 Cory's Shearwaters
5 Great Shearwaters
20 Common Terns
20 Forster's Terns
1 Roseatte Tern (near jetty)

Photos
Interactive Map with Photos
Video

Sunday July 26, 2015

OH MY! What an AMAZING day! surrounded by whales and dolphins for 4 hours!

It was a spectacular day. Our first whales were just 9 miles from Montauk Point! These were the first of 18 whales- we found 16 fin whales and 2 minke whales and about 60 common dolphins in a 4 mile diameter. There were lots of mother/ calf pairs of fin whales, some trios as well. Sadly, two of the whales had propeller scars. We also found a loggerhead sea turtle on our way back in. It doesn't get much better than this!!

Totals:
16 fin whales
2 minke whales
60 short- beaked common dolphins
75 Wilson's storm petrels
12 great shearwaters
50 cory's shearwaters
2 phalaropes (unknown species)
1 loggerhead sea turtle

Photos
Interactive Map with Photos

Dolphin Video

Fin Whale Video

Sunday, August 2, 2015

 

We found them again! Whales and Dolphins!

What a perfect day to look for whales- perfect visibility and clean crisp skies! We found our first whale about 1 and a half hours after leaving the dock. It was a small fin whale logging at the surface. Shortly after we found our first of 2 pairs of fin whales. The whales spent a long time down, but gave us great views when they came back up. While checking on the whales, a group of common dolphins followed us for a while. A seventh fin whale blew in the distant, but we couldn't find it.

Totals:

7 Fin whales
1 Minke whale
20 Short-beaked common dolphins
30 Great shearwaters
20 Cory's shearwaters|
50 Wilson's storm petrels


Photos

Interactive Map with Photos

Video

Sunday August 9, 2015

WILD RIDE WITH A WHALE!


It was a wild ride, but we found a fin whale. It was a small one, about 45-50 long and we were able to spend an hour and a half with it. We all got good views of the whale, even though it was spending 10 minutes on a dive. A wild ride, but well worth it.

Totals:
1 Fin whale
50 Great shearwaters
10 Cory's shearwaters
50 Wilson's storm petrels


Photos
Interactive Map with photos

Sunday August 16, 2015

Found Whales Again!

It took about an hour longer than usual, but we found a 50-60' fin whale. We stayed with it for over an hour as it moved, dove, surfaced, blew, fed and pooped. We got beautiful views of the whale from both sides before we left.

Totals:

1 Fin Whale
15 Great Shearwaters
5 Cory's Shearwaters
15 Wilson's Storm Petrels
12 Phalaropes (unknown species)

Photos
Interactive map with photos

Sunday, August 23, 2015

HOLY S***, BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS & RIGHT WHALES!

If ever there was a HOLY S*** day on the Viking Fleet/CRESLI whale watch, today was it. Epic, historic and amazing. We began with 100 inshore bottlenose dolphins near the lighthouse, and ended with 2 North Atlantic Right Whales within 5 miles of the point. In nearly 20 years, we've never had right whales on one of our trips. This was special. We had to stay at least 500 yards away at all times, be we got great views and pictures!

The North Atlantic Right Whales have been identified as follows:
The whale with the small linear scar across the head is #2681, male, born in 1996. The other whale (with the small scar at the top of the right lip) is #2340, male, first sighted in 1993



Totals
100 Inshore Bottlenose Dolphins
2 North Atlantic Right Whales (NARWC #2340 and #2681)
50 Wilson's Storms Petrels
25 Cory's Shearwaters
10 Great Shearwaters
1 Northern Gannet

Photos
Interactive map with photos

Sunday Aug 30, 2015

We did it again! This time a young humpback whale. Our first of 2015!

It took longer than usual and a different search pattern, but we found a whale. This was a young humpback that surprised us by breaching right in front of us when we were a 1/2 mile away. It breached a few more times before settling down. It was logging and feeding and would fluke occasionally.

Totals
1 Humpback Whale - young, perhaps a calf
4 Northern Gannets
1 Cory's Shearwater
5 Red Necked Phalaropes

Photos

Interactive Map with Photos

Sunday Sept 6, 2015

Dolphins, Humpback whales and more!

We are proud to say we've had 100% success for our 2015 Whale Watching season!

Our season ended like it began with whales and dolphins! We started out with 100 inshore bottlenose dolphins and we stayed with them for an hour and got some great views. Then off we went to find more- we found a leatherback turtle, then we headed back towards the lighthouse and we found 2 humpback whales! WOW! Thank you to all the great customers and amazing crew from Cresli and the Viking Fleet! We had an AMAZING season!

Totals:
-100 Bottlenose dolphins
-2 Humpback whales
-1 Leatherback turtle
-10 Great shearwaters
-5 Cory's shearwaters
-5 Phalaropes
-1 Northern gannet

Photos
Interactive Map with Photos

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