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CRESLI 2013-2014  Seal Walks


 

    Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach County Park  

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

 

2013-14 CRESLI SEAL SEASON

  at Cupsogue Beach County Park

is over - the seals have effectively left

General Information about Seal Walks: CRESLI seal walks will take place between November and May. Please note that weather will play a significant role in determining the seal walk schedule. Please call CRESLI at (631) 244-3352 for schedule changes and cancellations.  The walks  are approximately 1.2 miles round trip and take about 1 to 2 hours.  These walks are suitable for children. 

Please be prepared for the weather, i.e., wear warm clothing (outerwear should be in muted colors) in layers. Hats, gloves, warm waterproof shoes, and water are also recommended, as are cameras and binoculars.   For those without waterproof shoes, an additional dry pair of shoes and socks (for the ride home) would be beneficial. Check the weather for Westhampton Beach and assume that the winds will produce wind chill. It’s better to be a more-on, than a less-on, i.e., having more layers than you need is the right thing. 

You must register for any CRESLI seal walks. Registration will enable us to contact you regarding changes and/or cancellations.

REGISTER FOR A SEAL WALK

Suggested contributions of $5.00 per adult (over 18)  and $3 per child (18 and under) will help support CRESLI's ongoing seal research programs.  

2013-2014 CRESLI Seal Walk Schedule

SCHEDULE AND SIGHTING REPORTS

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Date Time Status
Saturday, November 30, 2013 9:30 AM 3 harbor seals (swimming)
Sunday, December 01, 2013 10:00 AM 3 harbor seals (swimming)

Photos
Sunday, December 15, 2013 11:00 AM 55 harbor seals
(hauled-out)
 
Photos
Saturday, December 28, 2013  9:00 AM 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
Sunday, December 29, 2013 9:30 AM 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
Saturday, January 11, 2014 9:00 AM CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Sunday, January 12, 2014 9:30 AM
60 harbor seals
(hauled out)

photos
Saturday, January 25, 2014  8:30 AM CANCELED: SEVERE WIND
Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:00 AM
8 harbor seals
(hauled out)
photos
Saturday, February 08, 2014 8:30 AM
40 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:00 AM
60 harbor seals
(hauled out)

Saturday, February 15, 2014 1:00 PM CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Sunday, February 16, 2014 1:30 PM CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Sunday, February 23, 2014 8:30 AM
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)

Saturday, March 01, 2014 12:00 PM
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

Sunday, March 02, 2014 1:00 PM
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)

Sunday, March 09, 2014 8:30 AM
45 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Saturday, March 15, 2014 1:00 PM
15-20 harbor seals
(swimming)
Sunday, March 16, 2014 1:00 PM
47 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:00 AM
85 harbor seals
(hauled out)
Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:00 PM
15 harbor seals
(SWIMMING)

Sunday, March 30, 2014 1:00 PM CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Saturday, April 05, 2014 3:00 PM CANCELLED DUE TO excessive Wind
Saturday, April 12, 2014 11:00 AM
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

Sunday, April 13, 2014 12:00 PM
4 harbor seals
(swimming)
Saturday, April 19, 2014 3:00 PM
2 harbor seals
(swimming at 12:00 PM; only 1 was seen briefly during the walk at 3:00 PM)
Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:00 AM canceled
Sunday, April 27, 2014 11:30 Am canceled

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Pinniped Passes


This season CRESLI is once again offering seal season passes that will allow the holder unlimited seal walks! We are offering three levels: Grey, Harp and Harbor Seal Pinniped Passes.
  • Grey Seal Pinniped Pass ($65) is for a family up to 6 people
  • Harp Seal Pinniped Pass ($50) is for up to 4 people
  • Harbor Seal Pinniped Pass ($30) is for up to two people.
Each pass lasts the whole seal season and can be used an unlimited number of times.
This is an inexpensive and easy way to see Long Island’s seals all season.
All you need to do is go to our website and register. We will send you a laminated card that you will need to bring to each seal walk for which you have made a reservation. Considering that we have OVER 27 scheduled seal walks and ask each person for $5. This is a REAL bargain!
Pinniped Pass Type



Please note that seal walks for groups of 10-50 (school groups, scouts, etc.) have to be scheduled separately and can be scheduled on dates other than those listed.  Please send an e-mail with your requests, by clicking on this link to Dr. A. Kopelman


 


Click here for maps and directions to the seal walks.


CRESLI seal walks at Cupsogue Beach County Park (at the western end of Dune Road in Westhampton Beach) will depart from area near the fence at the western end of the parking lot.  The walks  are approximately 1.2 miles round trip and take about 1.5-2 hours. Meeting times are 15 minutes prior to departure. These walks are suitable for children.

 

Click here for a map and directions to the seal walk at Cupsogue Beach .


For further information about Long Island's seals, click here.


Click here for images from previous seal walks

Click here to see previous year's sightings reports

Click here for Seal Cruise information


PLEASE! PLEASE!  All of us involved in monitoring the seals  on Long Island 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 and DO NOT GO DOWN TO THE SHORE.   

 

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