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CRESLI 2014-2015  Seal Walks


 

    Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach County Park  

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

 

2014-15 CRESLI SEAL SEASON

  at Cupsogue Beach County Park

BEGINS NOVEMBER 22, 2014

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.

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BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON -Flash version
BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON - html version (for iPad and iPhone users)

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.  

2014-2015 CRESLI Seal Walk Schedule

SCHEDULE AND SIGHTING REPORTS

Date Time Status
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:30 AM 2 harbor seals swimming
Sunday, November 23, 2014 11:00 AM 2 harbor seals hauled out only to be chased off the sand bar by a vessel. The vessel's occupants beached the craft on the sand bar, anchored it and got out and began shooting a shotgun at clay targets. CRESLI personel notified Suffolk County, local, and NYSDEC Police. After the shooters eventually left, the seals returned to the sand bar. We at CRESLI hope that those folks get nailed for marine mammal harassment and anything else with which they can be charged.

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Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:30 AM CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Sunday, December 07, 2014 11:00 AM canceled due to wind
Sunday December 14, 2014 Research trip 68 harbor seals

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 9:30 AM  
Sunday, December 21, 2014 10:00 AM  
Saturday, January 03, 2015 9:30 AM  
Sunday, January 04, 2015 10:00 AM  
Saturday, January 17, 2015 8:00 AM  
Sunday, January 18, 2015 9:00 AM  
Saturday, January 31, 2015 8:30 AM  
Sunday, February 01, 2015 9:00 AM  
Saturday, February 14, 2015 8:00AM
Sunday, February 15, 2015 8:30 AM  
Saturday, February 28, 2015 8:00AM  
Sunday, March 01, 2015 8:30 AM  
Saturday, March 07, 2015 12:00 PM  
Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:30 AM  
Sunday, March 15, 2015 8:00 AM  
Sunday, March 22, 2015 1:00 PM  
Saturday, March 28, 2015 7:30 AM  
Sunday, March 29, 2015 8:00 AM  
Saturday, April 04, 2015 12:00 PM  
Sunday, April 05, 2015 1:00 PM  
Sunday, April 12, 2015 7:00 AM  
Saturday, April 18, 2015 12:00 PM  
Sunday, April 19, 2015 1:00 PM  
Saturday, April 25, 2015 7:00 AM  
Sunday, April 26, 2015 8:00 AM  

 

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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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