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CRESLI Seal Sightings

Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach, December 15, 2013

CRESLI 2013-14 SEAL WALKS AT CUPSOGUE BEACH
SEAL WALK RESERVATIONS


A gallery of seal photos from 2004 through 2013

 

2013-2014 CRESLI Seal Sightings

 at Cupsogue Beach

2013-2014 CUPSOGUE SEAL SIGHTINGS
Date Status Trip Type
Monday, November 11, 2013 7 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
Research
Friday, November 29, 2013 10 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
Research
Saturday, November 30, 2013 3 harbor seals
(swimming)

photos not available
Seal Walk
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2013 3 harbor seals
(swimming)

Photos
SEAL WALK
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013 20 harbor seals
(swimming) and 50 Northen Gannets

Photos
RESEARCH
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 55 harbor seals
(hauled-out)
 
Photos
SEAL WALK
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2013 63 harbor seals were hauled out between 7:20 and 7:50 AM.

Acording to an eye-witness, the seals were purposely harassed by a vessel and were forced into the water around 8:45 AM.

A
t 9:45, CRESLI returned with a group of people for the seal walk, but only 20 seals remained.

Photos of both times
RESEARCH  and
SEAL WALK
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 87-95 harbor seals hauled out at Cupsogue between 7:45 - 8:20 AM.

CRESLI volunteers in the area reported to us that a
duck hunting group brought their vessel near the haul-out and flushed the seals.

Once again our seal walk participants were only able to see about 17 seals swimming in the area.

We at CRESLI would like to get the word out to boaters near Moriches Inlet to leave the resting seals alone

Photos of both times
RESEARCH  and
SEAL WALK
Monday, December 30, 2013
69 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
RESEARCH
SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014
60 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
Seal Walk
Friday, January 17, 2014
30 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
Research
Sunday, January 26, 2014
8 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
SEAL WALK
Monday, January 27, 2014
33 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
SEAL WALK for USFWS group
Saturday, February 01, 2014
15-20 harbor seals
(Swimming)

Oil spill at Cupsogue Beach yesterday (1/31/14) near the seal haulout.


Yesterday a barge sank NE of the seal haulout area and release about 600 gallons of diesel fuel into the bay. A report from a CRESLI volunteer (Patty Alessi) notified the DEC yesterday. The seals were swimming in the oil.

Dr. Kopelman of CRESLI was there on 2/1/2014, as were the NYS DEC
Police, Coast Guard and others.
The shore, marshes, rocks were oil coated. There were about 20 harbor seals swimming in the area (see photos) and none are hauled out. 

According to NYS DEC police, the USCG will be setting up booms to try and capture what they can. The seals photographed today are some of the core group utilizing this site got many years. Let's hope that the oil gets removed or dissipates soon and that the damage is limited and the seals aren't severely impacted

photos
Research
SUnday, February 02, 2014
15-20 harbor seals
(Swimming)

Second day post oil-spill. About 20 seals again. Too many people around including workers cleaning up the spill. the seals were not hauling out becuase of all the activity near shore.

Ladies and gentlemen, please observe the seals from the bluff and don't head down to the shore. Let's give the seals a chance to rest on the sandbar undisturbed by people milling about the shoreline.

photos
Research
Saturday, February 08, 2014
40 harbor seals
(hauled out)

SEAL WALK
Sunday, February 09, 2014
60 harbor seals
(hauled out)

SEAL WALK
Monday, February 17, 2014
47 harbor seals
(hauled out)

Research
Sunday, February 23, 2014
72 harbor seals
hauled out early, just after sunrise (7:00AM). they were flushed from the site by the activities & noise associated with the pipe removal and clearing of the dredging operations.

We returned after 9:00 am observed 15-20 harbor seals (12 hauled out and the others swimming)

Research
Saturday, March 01, 2014
12 harbor seals
Swimming early (10:30AM) and just began to haul out in small numbers. colleagues who remained on site (Merry Camhi and Keith Ellenbogen) observed 10 haul out only to be harassed by an airplane circling above them repeatedly, and were finally flushed from the haul-out just before we arrived again. We have photographed the tail #'s on this aircraft and will be reporting it as well to NOAA Fisheries agents.

My guess us that it's the same pilot as he helicopter doing the same thing earlier.


We returned after 12:45 PM observed 10-12 harbor seals swimming

Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, March 02, 2014
61 harbor seals
hauled out early (11:00 AM). they were later flushed from the site by unknown activities .

returned after 1:00 Pm observed 12 harbor seals (3 hauled out and the others swimming)

Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, March 09, 2014
45 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Research and
SEAL WALK
Saturday, March 15, 2014
15-20 harbor seals
(swimming)
Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, March 16, 2014
47 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, March 23, 2014
85 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Research and
SEAL WALK
Friday, March 28, 2014
45 harbor seals

SEAL WALK for  Kasha Academy
Saturday, March 29, 2014
15 harbor seals
(SWIMMING)

Photos
Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, April 6, 2014
30 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Research
Saturday, april 12, 2014
22 harbor seals
hauled out early (9:00 AM). they were later flushed from the site by vessels approaching too closely and aircraft flying directly overhead at low altitude.

returned after 11:30 Am observed 3 harbor seals swimming

Research and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, April 13, 2014
4 harbor seals
(swimming)
Research and
seal walk
Saturday, April 19, 2014
2 harbor seals
(swimming at 12:00 PM; only 1 was seen briefly during the walk at 3:00 PM)
Research and
seal walk
     

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


2012-2013 CRESLI seal sightings

 Cupsogue Beach

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2012-13 CUPSOGUE SEAL SIGHTINGS
Date Status Trip Type
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 3 harbor seals (including one feeding on an octopus)
photos
Research
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 65 harbor seals (hauled out)

photos
Research
Sunday, 
December 23, 2012
12 harbor seals (swimming and feeding)

photos
Seal walk
Friday, 
December 28, 2012
12 harbor seals (swimming)

photos
Research
Tuesday, 
January 01, 2013
32 harbor seals (hauled out and swimming)
photos
Research
sunday, 
January 06, 2013
46 harbor seals (hauled out)

photos
seal walk
Tuesday, 
January 08, 2013
30 harbor seals (swimming and interacting with gulls)
photos
Research
Friday,
January 11, 2013
8 harbor seals (swimming)

photos
Seal walk for Oregon Middle School, Medford
Saturday,
January 12, 2013
6 harbor seals (swimming and hauled out; dense fog)
photos
Seal walk
Sunday,
January 13, 2013
4 harbor seals (swimming and harassed by helicopter).

Helicopter was photographed and ID reported to the federal authorities.


photos
Seal walk
Monday, 
January 21, 2013
39 harbor seals (hauled out and swimming)

photos
Research
Saturday, 
January 26, 2013
58 harbor seals (hauled out and swimming)

photos
seal walk
Sunday, 
January 27, 2013
85 harbor seals (hauled out and swimming)

photos
seal walk
Sunday, 
February 24, 2013
51 harbor seals (hauled out)

photos

Video
seal walk
Sunday, 
March 3, 2013
20 harbor seals (swimming)
photos
Research
Saturday, 
March 9, 2013
25 harbor seals (hauled out and swimming)

About 12 harbor seals swimming near the haul-out site at Cupsogue around 9:00 AM, the water level was extremely high nearly 2 hours before dead low tide. At 11:00 AM about 20 seals were present, by 11:25 as we were leaving, 22 hauled out on the barely accessible sand bar and 3 were swimming.
photos
Research and seal walk
Sunday, 
March 10, 2013
40 harbor seals (hauled out and swimming)

during an early research trip, at 10:30 there were 12 harbor seals swimming and none hauled-out; at 11:04, 40 hauled out. Returned at 12:40 with the seal walk group, but none were hauled out; just about 18 swimming around.
Research and seal walk
Saturday, 
March 23, 2013
95 harbor seals (92 hauled out and 3 swimming)

during an early research trip, at 8:20 there were 60 harbor seals swimming and 10 hauled-out.

Returned at 10:30 with the seal walk group, 92 were hauled out; 3 were swimming around.

photos
Research and seal walk
Sunday, 
March 24, 2013
41 harbor seals and 1 grey seal

during an early research trip, at 9:15 there were 41 harbor seals and 1 grey seal hauled-out.

Returned at 11:30 with the seal walk group, NONE were hauled out; ~20 were swimming around.

photos
Video
Research and seal walk
Saturday, 
April 06, 2013
94 harbor seals and 1 grey seal

during an early research trip, at 7:30 there were 20 harbor seals swimming and 50 hauled-out.

Returned at 10:30 with the seal walk group, 95 seals were hauled out

photos
Research and seal walk
Sunday, 
April 07, 2013
22 harbor seals

Today, a calmer and warmer day at Cupsogue Beach brought out lots of folks in addition to those with CRESLI to view the seals. Unfortunately, the other people had inadvertently disturbed the seals, as did aircraft. At 8:30, about 20 seals were swimming and none hauled-out.

At 11:30, once again about 20 were swimming. By 12:05 PM 11 had hauled-out and another 11 were in the water.

photos

Video
Research and seal walk
Saturday, 
April 20, 2013
42 harbor seals

About 35 harbor seals at 7:50 AM (30 hauled-out; 5 in water) during research observation.

returned at 9:15 with the seal walk group, there were 42 harbor seals hauled out.

photos
Research and seal walk
Sunday, 
April 21, 2013
45 harbor seals

At 7:49, there were 45 harbor seals hauled-out at Cupsogue during the early research trip. 10 minutes later, and all had been flushed from the sandbar.

At 9:40, the group of CRESLI seal walk participants caught a distant glimpse of 30 seals hauled-out, and we watched them all return to the water. Eventually, at the observation site, about 15 seals were observed hauling-out
photos
Research and seal walk
Saturday, 
April 27, 2013
6 harbor seals and 80 grey seals

At the request of the wonderful people at the North Fork Audubon Society, CRESLI's president, Dr. Artie Kopelman, was the naturalist for a seal cruise from Greenport, NY on April 27, 2013, on the Peconic Star Express. We traveled in the area of Plum Gut, Great and Little Gull Islands, "The Ruins", and Gardiners Island before heading back. Overall we saw about 80 grey seals and 6 harbor seals. It was a spectacular trip.

MAP
PHOTOS
seal cruise with North Fork Audubon SOciety



2011-2012 CRESLI seal sightings

 Cupsogue Beach

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Date Status Trip Type
December 10, 2011 No seals spotted Seal walk
December 18, 2011 28 harbor seals hauled out
photos
Seal walk
December 22, 2011 5 harbor seals in water
photos
Research
January 07, 2012 15 harbor seals hauled out and in waterrphotos Seal walk
January 09, 2012 8 harbor seals in water
Photos
Research
January 19, 2012 15 harbor seals in water
photos
Seal walk for the Oregon Middle School of Medford
January 22, 2012 8 harbor seals in water
Photos
Seal walk
January 24, 2012 8 harbor seals in water
Photos
Research
February 04, 2012 99 harbor seals and 1 grey seal hauled out
Photos
Seal walk
February 17, 2012 92-95 harbor seals hauled out
Photos
Research
February 199, 2012 35 harbor seals  (29 hauled out; 6 in water)
Photos
Seal walk
February 24, 2012 4 harbor seals
Photos
Research  prior to walk forrGirl  Scout Troop 251
February 26, 2012 8 harbor sealss
Photos
Research and seal walk
March 2, 2012 114 harbor seals and 1 grey seal hauled out
Photos
Research
March 4, 2012 133 harbor seals and 1 grey seal hauled out
Photos
Seal walk
March 09, 2012 About 70 harbor seals were hauled out at Cupsogue this morning at 11:25, but high levels of aircraft activity, caused them to flush repeatedly. Eventually all left but the core group of 6 individuals.
Photos
Seal walk for the Hampton Bays Middle School
March 10, 2012 35 harbor seals were hauled out at 11:50 AM.  They were disturbed and flushed from the site later; only 12 remained swimming in the area by the time we returned at 1:40
Photos
Research and seal walk
March 17, 2012 105 seals hauled out between 7:30 and 7:50 AM.

120 harbor seals hauled out later (around 9:40) but were flushed from the site by aicarft noise, and repeatdly buzzed by a private helicopter

Photos
Research and seal walk
March 18, 2012 122 seals hauled out between 8:30 and 8:35 AM.

136 harbor seals were seen hauled out later (around 10:40) and remained

Photos
Research and seal walk
March 24, 2012 6 harbor seals swimming between 12:00 and 12:30 PM.

2 harbor seals were seen briefly later (around 2:20 PM)

Photos
Research and seal walk
March 30, 2012 119 harbor seals hauled out before 7:00 AM

Photos
Research trip
April 01, 2012 110 harbor seals and 1 juvenile grey seal at 7:35 AM.

We returned around 9:45; saw about 120 seals, but they were flushed before we could get an accurate count by a vessel (NY8077 UT). 

About 35 returned.
Photos
Research and seal walk
April 04, 2012 115 seals hauled out for several hours.

Once again, the seals were harassed by a vessel and they left the sand bar. We were too far away to photograph the event or make out the boat's #.

Come on boaters out there, give the seals some space. Photograph them from a distance (I do it from 150 - 200 yards away) and if they begin to leave the haulout site, BACK OFF!
Photos
Research trip
April 14, 2012 Research trip: 65 harbor and 2 juvenile grey seals just after day break.

Research photos
Seal walk: 58 harbor and 2 juvenile grey seals

Seal walk photos
Research and seal walk
April 15, 2012 Seals were disturbed by fishing fishing vessels.  12 harbor seals were hauled out at 7:20 AM, but were repeatedly flushed from the sand bar.

At 9:30 only 6 seals remained swimming in the area

Photos
Research and seal walk
April 21, 2012 2 harbor seals and 1 juvenile grey seal in the fog at Cupsogue before and during today's CRESLI seal walk.

Photos
Research and seal walk
     

2010-2011 CRESLI seal sightings

 Cupsogue Beach

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DATE SIGHTINGS TYPE OF TRIP
12/05/2010 8 harbor seals Seal walk for Dr. Tanacredi's students, Dowling College
12/19/2010 42 harbor seals Seal walk
01/01/2011 96 harbor seals hauled out prior to seal walk Research trip - prior to walk
01/01/2011 20 harbor seals swimming during walk Seal walk
01/03/2011 18 harbor seals hauled out Research trip
01/16/2011 58 harbor seals hauled out Seal walk
01/22/2011 78 harbor seals hauled out Seal walk
01/30/2011 112 harbor seals  and 1 grey seal hauled out Seal walk
02/06/2011 20 harbor seals swimming

So many people came on their own, went right down to the shore.  The seals, which had been flushed from the sandbar earlier, were constantly too disturbed to haul-out. I wish that the public would give the seals the benefit of the doubt and stay up on the bluff, away from the beach, and keep a low profile when observing/photographing seals at Cupsogue. Excessive disturbance can lead to problems for the seals and potential abandonment of the site.
research trip
02/13/2011 62 harbor seals  and 1 grey seal hauled out Seal walk
02/20/2011 28 harbor seals hauled out Seal walk
02/26/2011 64 harbor seals  and 1 grey seal hauled out Seal walk
03/04/2011 108 harbor seals hauled out Research trip
03/13/2011 142 harbor seals  and 3 grey seals hauled out Seal walk
03/18/2011 108 harbor and 2 grey seals Seal walk for Robert Moses Middle School
03/19/2011 80  harbor seals (72 hauled out and 8 in the water) Seal walk
03/19/2011 80  harbor seals (50 hauled out and 30 in the water) Seal walk
03/27/2011 191 harbor and 2 grey seals Seal walk
04/02/2011 70 harbor seals hauled out research trip prior to Seal walk
04/02/2011 only 12 harbor seals in water after disturbance from vessels and people Seal walk
04/03/2011 90 harbor seals hauled out Seal walk
04/15/2011 12 harbor seals swimming research trip and Seal walk for Hudson valley homeschooling group
04/16/2011 80 harbor seals hauled out Seal walk
04/17/2011 60 harbor seals hauled out Seal walk
04/30/2011 3 grey seals and 41 harbor seals hauled out Seal walk
05/01/2011 3 harbor seals swimming prior to seal walk.

None seen during scheduled walk
Seal walk


2009-2010 CRESLI seal sightings

 Cupsogue Beach

Click on the sightings links for photographs

DATE SIGHTINGS TYPE OF TRIP
12/27/09 16 harbor seals
Seal walk
01/09/10 42 harbor seals
Seal walk
01/11/10 63 harbor seals prior to disturbance by kayaker
Research trip
01/13/10 65 harbor seals
Research trip
01/16/10 65 harbor seals prior to disturbance by vessels
Seal walk
01/24/10 5 harbor seals in the water after disturbance by gunfire
Seal walk
01/27/10 55 harbor seals prior to disturbance by gunfire
Research trip
01/28/10 57 harbor seals prior to disturbance by vessel
Research trip
01/30/10 5 harbor seals
Seal walk
02/07/10 13 harbor seals (10 on land and 3 in the water)
Seal walk
02/13/10 62 Harbor and 3 grey seals
Seal walk
02/14/10 62 Harbor and 3 grey seals
Seal walk
02/18/10 77 harbor and 3 grey seals
Research trip
02/22/10 94 harbor and 3 grey seals
Research trip
02/28/10 80 harbor seals
Research trip
03/02/10 102 harbor seals
Research trip
03/09/10 127 harbor seals
Research trip
03/11/10 115 harbor seals in two groups (85 and 30)
Hampton Bays Middle School - seal walk/research trip
03/16/10 14 harbor seals in two groups (5 in water and 9 on West Inlet Island)
Webelos of Scout Pack 161 -Shoreham; seal walk
03/17/10 13 harbor seals and 1 grey seal
The Sayville Project; seal walk
03/20/10
55 harbor seals
Seal walk
03/21/10
15 harbor seals
Seal walk
03/25/10 126 harbor  & 1 grey seals
Research trip
03/27/10a 101 harbor  & 1 grey seal
West Islip Cub Scout walk
03/27/10b 60 harbor  & 1 grey seal
Middle Island Cub Scout walk
03/28/10 89 Harbor and 1 grey seal

The 90 seals at 10:30 AM had been flushed from the haul out site and only 15 remained in the water when the seal walk occurred.
Research trip followed by a seal walk
04/01/10 106 harbor  seals
Av-Chai Foundation seal walk
04/07/10 102 harbor seals
Research trip
04/10/10
58 harbor and 2 Grey seals
Seal walk
04/11/10
55 harbor Seals hauled out prior to walk; 6 in water during walk
Research trip followed by seal walk
04/14/10 57 Harbor seals and 1 grey seal
Research trip
04/18/10
35 harbor seals
Seal walk
04/24/10
32 harbor Seals hauled out prior to walk; 6 in water during walk
Research trip followed by seal walk
04/30/10 4  Harbor seals
Research trip
05/05/10 4  Harbor seals
Research trip
     

 


2008-2009

12/05/2008 Montauk Point State Park 2 Grey seals
12/27/2008 Cupsogue Beach 4 harbor seals
01/02/2009 Montauk Point State Park 60 seals (56 harbor seals and 4 grey seals)
01/10/2009 Cupsogue Beach 12 harbor seals and 2 grey seals
01/24/09 Cupsogue Beach 12 Harbor seals
01/25/09 Cupsogue Beach (special group trip)  24 Harbor seals
02/06/09 Cupsogue Beach 30 Harbor seals
02/08/09 Cupsogue Beach  63 Harbor seals,  1 hooded seal, and 1 ringed seal
02/21/09 Cupsogue Beach  7 Harbor seals
02/27/09 Cupsogue Beach  (special trip)  25 Harbor seals
03/06/09 Montauk Point State Park 6 harbor seals
03/08/09 Cupsogue Beach   46 Harbor seals and 2 Grey seals
03/21/09 Cupsogue Beach   60 Harbor seals
03/28/09 Cupsogue Beach   20 Harbor seals  
04/04/09 Cupsogue Beach  (walk cancelled due to extreme winds)

 50 Harbor seals*  

04/05/09 Cupsogue Beach  55 Harbor  and 3 Grey seals**   

* on 4/04/09, extreme winds (30+ knots, gusting to 45 knots) forced the trip to be cancelled on-site.  Seal observations  and photographs were by CRESLI's Dr. A. H. Kopelman later that morning.

** on 4/05/09, seals were flushed from the haulout site shortly after our arrival and were kept off the haulout site by the presence of a vessel constantly travelling back and forth through the groups of seals in the water.  The vessel operator then wrongly decided to bring the vessel onto the sandbar just adjacent to the haulout site.  His actions could be in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act  and the vessels number will be submitted to the  appropriate authorities.


2007-2008

12/21/2007 Montauk Point State Park 2 harbor seals; 2 grey seals
12/23/07 Cupsogue Beach County Park 2 harbor seals

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1/4/2008 Montauk Point State Park 5 harbor seals

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01/05/08 Cupsogue Beach County Park

27 harbor seals;  1 hooded seal (female)

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 01/20/08 Cupsogue Beach County Park 34 harbor seals; 1 grey seal

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2/02/08  Cupsogue Beach County Park 35 Harbor seals

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2/15/2008 Montauk Point State Park  2 Harbor seals

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02/17/08 Cupsogue Beach County Park 80 Harbor seals

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02/23/08 Cupsogue Beach County Park 37 Harbor seals; 1 grey seal

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3/02/08 Cupsogue Beach County Park 28 Harbor seals

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3/14/2008 Montauk Point State Park 43 harbor seals; 5 grey seals
03/16/08 Cupsogue Beach County Park 90 Harbor seal; 5 grey seals; 2 harp seals
3/19/2008 seal walk for Academy of Environmental Science Secondary High School, NYC Cupsogue Beach County Park 20 harbor seals 1 harp seal

(rain and fog; past low tide)

3/20/2008 seal walk for Suffolk County Home Schooling Group Cupsogue Beach County Park 8 harbor seals

(extremely windy conditions)

03/22/08 Cupsogue Beach County Park 72 Harbor seal; 5 grey seals; 1 harp seals
04/06/08 Cupsogue Beach County Park 42 harbor seals; 1 grey seal
4/11/2008 Montauk Point State Park  4 harbor seals
4/12/2008 Scout Troop 560 Cupsogue Beach County Park

25 harbor seals

04/13/08 Scout Troop 120 Cupsogue Beach County Park

29 harbor seals

4/25/2008 Montauk Point State Park  1 harbor seal
5/2/2008 Montauk Point State Park  1 harbor seal

 


2006-2007

Friday Dec 15, 2006

09:30 AM

Montauk

22 seals (2 grey seals; 20 harbor seals) click here for photos

Friday Jan 12, 2007

08:00 AM Montauk

78 seals (52 harbor seals; 25 grey seals, and 1 harp seal): 73 at the haulout site (53 on the rocks [35 harbor seals; 17 grey seals; and 1 juvenile harp]; 20 in the water (17 harbor and 3 grey); 5  in the water east of the haulout site (3 harbor and 2 grey)

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Saturday Jan 27, 2007 08:00 AM Cupsogue 18 seals (18 harbor seals).  Click here for photos.
Saturday Feb 17, 2007 12:00 PM Cupsogue 1 harbor seal
Sunday Feb 25, 2007 8:00 AM Cupsogue 27 seals (20 harbor seals; 5 grey seals; 2 harp seals)

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Saturday March 3, 2007 12:30 PM Cupsogue 5 seals (4 harbor seals; 1 grey seal)

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Sunday Match 4, 2007
  • SPECIAL TRIP FOR SUFFOLK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

 

12:00 PM Cupsogue 7 seals (3 harbor seals; 3 grey seals; 1 harp seal) hauled out

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Monday March 26, 2007
  • SPECIAL SEAL CRUISE FOR East Hampton  High School

 

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Outer islands of eastern sound 365 seals

110 Grey seals
255 Harbor seals

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Friday March 30, 2007 11:00 AM Montauk 6 seals (6 harbor seals hauled out including a female being strangled by debris)

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Sunday  April 1, 2007

1:00 PM Cupsogue 1 harbor seal (at a distance)
Saturday April 14, 2007 11:00 AM Cupsogue 6 seals (1 Grey and 5 harbor seals)

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Sunday May 13, 2007 11:00 AM Montauk 1 harbor seal

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2005-2006

DATE

STATUS
FRIDAY 12/30/2005
6 harbor seals seen in the water near the Camp Hero haul out site.
FRIDAY 01/06/2006
4 harbor seals around the main hail-out site

Pounding surf and high winds at haulout site

FRIDAY 01/27/2006
4 harbor seals seen in the water near the Camp Hero haul out site.
SUNDAY 01/29/2006
67 seals at the main haul-out site: 61 harbor seals; 6 grey seals

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FRIDAY 02/10/2006
2 harbor seals: 1 at the main haul-out site; 1 at Camp Hero

Pounding surf  and high winds at haulout site

SUNDAY 02/26/2006
1 harbor seal south of Camp Hero
FRIDAY 03/10/2006
6 harbor seals seen in the water near the main haul out site.

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SUNDAY 3/12/2006

NYBTA trip

27 seals at main haulout site; 25 harbor seals and 2 grey seals

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FRIDAY 03/24/2006
26 seals at main haulout site; 22 harbor seals and 4 grey seals

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SATURDAY 03/25/2006

Cub Scout Pack 438 from Bohemia @ Cupsogue Beach

69 seals: 65 harbor seals and 4 grey seals

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SUNDAY 03/26/2006
2 harbor seals and 1 grey seal in water near main haulout

Pounding surf at haulout site

FRIDAY 04/21/2006
4  harbor seals  in water near main haulout

Pounding surf at haulout site

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FRIDAY 05/05/2006
2 harbor  and 1 grey seal hauled out

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2004-2005

DATE

STATUS
SATURDAY, 12/25/04
canceled due to illness
SUNDAY, 01/09/05
16 -20 harbor seals
SATURDAY, 01/22/05
CANCELED due to impending storm
SATURDAY, 02/05/05
5 harbor seals click here for pictures
SUNDAY, 03/06/05
20 seals (12 hauled out; 8 in water)
SATURDAY, 03/19/05
1 harbor seal (in water)
SUNDAY, 04/17/05
5 harbor seals (in water)
*FRIDAY 4/22/05 (class trip)
50 harbor seals (45 on rocks)
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SUNDAY, 05/15/05
10 harbor seals (9 on rocks)
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SUNDAY, 05/22/05

7 harbor seals

2003-2004

2003/4 DATE

STATUS
SATURDAY, 11/22/03 4-5 harbor seals in the water, 0.3 miles west of the haul-out zone
SATURDAY,12/06/03 cancelled due to winter storm
SUNDAY, 12/21/03 8 harbor seals and 1 grey seal in water
SATURDAY, 01/03/04 125 harbor seals (82 on rocks, 43 in water); 2 grey seals
SATURDAY, 01/31/04 22 seals as follows: 3 harbor seals  and 1 grey seal floating on ice; 17 harbor seals and 1 grey seal in  the water.
SUNDAY, 02/15/04 25 harbor seals at Camp Hero: 19 on rocks; 6 in water
SATURDAY, 04/03/04 bad weather caused us hike over to the Camp Hero haul-out site; no seals were seen
SATURDAY, 05/08/04 ~12 seals in the water including several young harp, grey and harbor seals
SUNDAY, 05/16/04 36 seals hauled out

2002-2003

DATE

STATUS
December 29, 2002

13 harbor seals (1 hauled out; 12 in the water)

January 12, 2003 20 seals in water (1 grey seal; 19 harbor seals)
January 25, 2003 8 harbor seals in the water

(haul out area was covered in ice)

February 15, 2003 15 harbor seals (2 hauled out; others in water)
March 15, 2003 30 harbor seals (24 hauled out; 6 in water)
April 27, 2003 6 harbor seals (2 hauled out; 4 in water)
May 25, 2003 2 seals known to be in the area, but none were spotted today

2001-2002

DATE

STATUS

December 8, 2001

6 harbor seals sighted

January 6, 2002

 

70 seals sighted (35 hauled out and 35 in water)
Around 7:00 AM, 2 fin whales were sighted by CRESLI's Artie Kopelman and Amanda Johnson, 1.5 miles offshore from overlook on Old Montauk Highway  in Montauk;

at 9:30 that morning a fin whale was sighted by Art Cooley about 1.5-2.0 miles SE of Montauk Point

January 26, 2002

9 harbor seals and 1 grey seal (all in the water)

February 23, 2002

15-20 harbor seals (3-5 hauled out; 12-15 in water)

March 9, 2002

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19 Harbor seals (13 hauled out; 6 in  the water) and 1 grey seal (in the water).

March 24, 2002

20 seals (19 harbor seals and 1 grey seal).

April 06, 2002

2 harbor seals (in the water near the lighthouse). 

High NNW winds kept seals off the rocks of the haul-out area; we searched the area on the leeward side and around the lighthouse instead.

April 21, 2002

5 harbor seals (swimming near the haul out zone)

May 4, 2002

no seals

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PLEASE! PLEASE!  All of us involved in monitoring the seals  at Montauk would prefer that you view the seals in a supervised naturalist led walk.  If too many people continue to disturb the haul out zone, the seals may abandon it in the future. 

REMEMBER, DO NOT COME WITHIN  70 YARDS OF THE HAUL OUT ZONE  WHEN SEALS ARE HAULED OUT.    Do not approach the seals from the beach side, use the back trail instead.  If you don't know about the trail, don't go - wait and join a supervised trip led by CRESLI, or led by the park staff (for Montauk State Park led  trips call 631-668-5000).


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