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CRESLI Whale Watch Sightings 2000-2008

Short-beaked common dolphin

 

SUMMER 2008-offshore trip
SUMMER 2007-offshore trip
SUMMER 2006-offshore trip
SUMMER 2005-offshore trip
SUMMER 2004-offshore trip
SUMMER 2003-offshore trip
SUMMER 2002-local and offshore
SUMMER 2001
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Summer 2008

 Great South Channel  8/10-12, 2008

Cetaceans

Birds

DAY 1 (11 Aug 2008)
 

  • #0802 WC

  • unknown A

  • unknown B

  • unknown C

  • Compass' 06 calf

  • Thalassa's 05 calf

  • unknown E

  • unknown F

  • unknown G

  • unknown H

  • Hancock's 07 calf

  • Scrape and her calf

  • Garden

  • Polkadot

  • Raccoon

  • Howler

  • #0803 WC

  • Rotary and her calf

  • unknown I

  • unknown J

  • unknown K

  • Madari

  • Klondike

DAY 2 (12 Aug 2008)

  • unknown H

  • Thalassa's 05 calf

  • Trim and her calf

  • unknown G

  • Rattan

  • Jenga

  • Rotary and her calf

 

 photos


DAY 1 (11 Aug 2008)

  • Cory's Shearwater - 35

  • Great Shearwater - 5,119

  • Sooty Shearwater - 65

  • Manx Shearwater - 5

  • Wilson Storm-Petrel - 1,240

  • LEACH'S STORM-PETREL - 6

  • Northern Gannet - 6

  • Semipalmated Sandpiper - 3

  • Red-necked Phalarope - 1

  • large shorebird sp. - 10+

  • Herring Gull - 5

  • Great Black-backed Gull - 45

  • Black-legged Kittiwake - 1

  • Common Tern - 1,450

  • SOUTH POLAR SKUA - 1

  • Pomarine Jaeger - 12 (incl 3 ads)

  • Parasitic Jaeger - 2

  • Northern Waterthrush - 1

  • Prairie Warbler - 1 )

DAY 2 (12 Aug 2008)

  • Common Loon - 9
     (Nantucket Sound)

  • Cory's Shearwater - 39

  • Great Shearwater - 2,159

  • Sooty Shearwater - 19

  • Manx Shearwater - 1

  • Wilson Storm-Petrel - 357

  • LEACH'S STORM-PETREL - 9

  • Northern Gannet - 5

  • Herring Gull - 18

  • Great Black-backed Gull - 67

  • Laughing Gull - 30

  • Black-legged Kittiwake - 1 (harassed by Parasitic Jaeger)
    Common Tern - 980

  • Black Tern - 1

  • Pomarine Jaeger - 3 (including 1 adult with large tail spoons)

  • Parasitic Jaeger - 4

  • Northern Waterthrush - 1 (from previous day

  • American Redstart - 1

  • Purple Martin - 1
     

 

Summer 2007

 Great South Channel  8/14-16, 2007

Cetaceans

Birds

Fin whale: 1
Minke whale:1
Humpback Whales:
30

  • Bungee's 2005 calf

  • Green bean

  • Howler

  • Jungle

  • unknown (type 4

  • unknown (entanglement scar)

  • Cardhu's 2006 calf

  • Appaloosa and calf

  • Glo and calf

  • Pumpkinseed

  • unknown (type 3)

  • Thalassa

  • Plateau and calf

  • Ganesh and calf

  • Solas

  • Ursa and calf

  • Mars and calf

  • Lava

  • Citation and calf

  • Pogo and calf

  • Lascaux

  • Dune
     

photos


  • Common Loon - 30

  • Cory's Shearwater - 3

  • Great Shearwater - 5,816

  •  Sooty Shearwater - 780

  • Manx Shearwater - 36

  • Manx/Audubon's Shearwater - 5

  • Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 630

  • SOUTH POLAR SKUA - 2 (incl. 1 banded)

  • Pomarine Jaeger - 6

  •  Parasitic Jaeger - 2

  • LONG-TAILED JAEGER - 1

  • Black-legged Kittiwake - 4

  • Great Black-backed Gull - 282

  • Herring Gull - 400

  • LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - 1

  • Common Tern - 1050

  • BLACK TERN - 4

  • Atlantic Gannet - 19

  •  shorebird sp. - 3

  • White-winged Scoter - 1

 

 

Summer 2006

 Great South Channel  August 13-15, 2006

Cetaceans

Birds

Humpback Whales: ~60


detailed list
photographs
Fin whales: 20
Minke whales: 20
Common dolphins: 200
Pilot whales: 30

Greater Shearwaters
Cory's Shearwaters
Sooty Shearwaters
Wilson's Storm Petrels
Leach's Storm Petrels
Black Legged Kittiwake
Red-necked Phalaropes
South Polar Skua

 

 

 Summer 2005

 Great South Channel 

August 14-16,2005

Cetaceans

Birds

Humpback Whales: 30


detailed list
photographs
Minke whales: 5
Atlantic White sided dolphins: 40
 

Greater Shearwaters
Cory's Shearwaters
Manx Shearwaters
Sooty Shearwaters
Wilson's Storm Petrels
Leach's Storm Petrels
Common Terns
 

 

 

Summer 2004

 Great South Channel 

August 8-10, 2004

Cetaceans

Birds

Others

Humpback Whales: 25+


detailed list
photos
Fin whales:  2
Minke whales: 12
Sei Whale: 22
N. Atlantic Right Whales: 8
Atlantic White sided dolphins: 75
Long-finned pilot whales: 20
Common dolphins: 70
 

Greater Shearwaters
Cory's Shearwaters
Manx Shearwaters
Sooty Shearwaters
Wilson's Storm Petrels
Leach's Storm Petrels
Common Terns
 

1 harbor seal

 

 

 Summer 2003

 Great South Channel

July 20-22, 2003

Cetaceans

Birds

Others
Humpback Whales: 70+
 detailed list
 photos
Fin whales:  2
Minke whales: 2
Sei Whale: 1
Atlantic White sided dolphins: 40-60
 
Greater Shearwaters
Sooty Shearwaters
Cory's Shearwaters
Wilson's Storm Petrels
Leach's Storm Petrels
Common Terns
 
11 Basking Sharks
 Canyons Trip

August 3-4, 2003
(The trip was shortened due to rough seas and we returned in the early morning of 8/4.)

1 humpback
7 fin whales
1 Minke whale
1 sperm whale
100+ bottlenose dolphins
200+ common dolphins
100+ Risso's dolphins
Greater Shearwaters
Cory's Shearwaters
Manx Shearwaters
Audubon's Shearwater
Cory's Shearwaters
White faced  Storm Petrel
Wilson's Storm Petrels
Leach's Storm Petrels
2 Ocean sunfish
Great South Channel

August 17-19, 2003

Humpback Whales: 120

detailed list
photos
Fin whales:  5
Minke whales: 10
Atlantic White sided dolphins: 50-70
Greater Shearwaters
Sooty Shearwaters
Cory's Shearwaters
Manx Shearwater
Wilson's Storm Petrels
Leach's Storm Petrels
Pomarine Jaegers
Northern Gannets
1 basking shark

 

 

Summer 2002

Date Sightings
July 20 (Montauk) 5 fin whales (2 mother and calf pairs; one singleton); 1 minke whale; 55 Wilson's storm petrels,  40 Greater Shearwaters, 47 Cory's Shearwaters; 5 Sooty shearwaters; 25 unidentified large shearwaters (Greater or Cory's); 1 Northern Gannet.

Bird count courtesy of Douglas Futuyma

August 1 (Montauk) 1 Humpback whale; 60 Atlantic white-sided dolphins; 100 Common dolphins; 40 Wilson's Storm Petrels; 1 Cory's Shearwater; 1 Ocean sunfish.

August 11-13

(in the Great South Channel)

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Humpback Whales: 150 +
Fin whales: ~ 15
Minke whales: ~7
~100 Atlantic White sided dolphins
~100 Atlantic White beaked dolphins
~ 50 Common dolphins

Greater Shearwaters: ~3100
Sooty Shearwaters: ~220
Cory's Shearwaters: 7
Manx Shearwaters: 4
Wilson's Storm Petrels: ~ 860
Leach's Storm Petrels: 4
Common Terns: 38
Northern Gannet 1
Pomarine Jaeger 1

Bird count courtesy of Oakes Spalding

 

 

 Summer 2001 (Montauk)

Date

click on links below for detailed reports for each day

Cetaceans

Pelagic birds

  &

other biota

August 30 1-2 bottlenose dolphins 1 hammerhead shark
August 16 1 minke whale 200 Wilson's storm petrels
1 Great Shearwater
August 4 2 fin whales (mother and calf)
1 minke whale
50 Wilson's storm petrels
August 2 1 minke whale
10 bottlenose dolphins
30 Wilson's storm petrel
Manx Shearwater
Cory's Shearwater
July 28 1 whale (sighted briefly)  

 

 Summer 2000 (Montauk)

Here is a table summarizing all of our trips in 20

Date Sightings
September 2, 2000 2 fin whales; 1 humpback whale; hundreds of Cory's shearwaters; several dozen greater shearwaters
September 1, 2000 12 fin whales; 2 minke whales; 1 humpback whale (the same calf seen in late July through the middle of August ); 2 mako sharks; hundreds of Cory's shearwaters; several dozen greater shearwaters; several Wilson's storm petrels; 2 immature gannets
August 31, 2000 1 Atlantic white sided dolphin; scores of Wilson's storm petrels; hundreds of greater, Cory's, and sooty and shearwaters; 1 Pomarine Jaeger
August 25, 2000 1 minke whale; several Wilson's storm petrels; several greater, Cory's, and sooty shearwaters; 5 red phalaropes
August 24, 2000 1 leatherback sea turtle; several Greater, Cory's, Sooty and Manx Shearwaters; Wilson's storm petrels; Pomarine Jaeger
August 19, 2000 12 fin whales; several Wilson's storm petrels; several greater, Cory's, sooty and Manx shearwaters; 5-7 red phalaropes
August 18, 2000 5 fin whales (including 1 cow calf pair); 2 minke whales; 1 humpback whale; several dozen Wilson's storm petrels; several greater, Cory's, sooty and Manx shearwaters; 10-12 red phalaropes
August 17, 2000 3 fin whales (including 1 cow/calf pair); several dozen Wilson's storm petrels; several greater and Cory's shearwaters; 2 adult and 1 immature northern gannets; 1 ocean sunfish
August 11, 2000 2 fin whales; 2 minke whales; 3 humpback whale; hundreds of Wilson's storm petrels; several sooty, Cory's and greater shearwaters
August 10, 2000 2 fin whales; 2 minke whales; 3 humpback whale; hundreds of Wilson's storm petrels; several sooty, Cory's and greater shearwaters
August 5, 2000 30 fin whales, 3 humpback whales; 5 mike whales; scores of Wilson's storm petrels; scores of sooty shearwaters; Cory's shearwaters; greater shearwaters; several Manx shearwaters; several northern gannets
August 4, 2000 25 fin whales, 3 humpback whales; 5 mike whales; scores of Wilson's storm petrels; scores of sooty shearwaters; Cory's shearwaters; greater shearwaters; several Manx shearwaters
August 3, 2000 12 fin whales, 3 humpback whales; scores of Wilson's storm petrels; scores of sooty shearwaters; Cory's shearwaters; greater shearwaters
July 29, 2000 21 fin whales; 5 minke whales; 3 humpback whales; 2500 Wilson's storm petrels; also 12 Manx, 17 sooty, 90 greater; and 125 Cory's shearwaters
July 28, 2000 24 fin whales; 3 minke whales; 2 humpback whales; multiple rafts of hundreds of Wilson's storm petrels; also scores of sooty, greater and Cory's shearwaters
July 22, 2000 4 fin whales (two cow/calf pairs); scores of Wilson's storm petrels; scores of sooty shearwaters; Cory's shearwaters; greater shearwaters;
July 21, 2000 2 fin whales; 1 minke whale; hundreds of Wilson's storm petrels; scores of sooty shearwaters; Cory's shearwaters; greater shearwaters; immature and adult northern gannets
July 20, 2000 3 fin whales; hundreds of Wilson's storm petrels; scores of sooty shearwaters; Cory's shearwaters; greater shearwaters;
July 08, 2000 5 fin whales (including another mother calf pair); Wilson's storm petrels
July 07, 2000 2 fin whales (mother and calf pair); Wilson's storm petrels
July 06, 2000 2 fin whales (mother and calf pair); Wilson's storm petrels; mako shark
July 01, 2000 3 minke whales; 1 loggerhead sea turtle; Wilson's storm petrels; Parasitic Jaeger; immature northern gannet; sooty shearwaters; Cory's shearwaters; greater shearwaters
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