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CRESLI 2015-2016 Seal Walks


 

    Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach County Park  

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-2016 CRESLI SEAL SEASON

  at Cupsogue Beach County Park

 

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.

SEAL WALK RESERVATIONS


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.  

2015-2016

CRESLI Seal Walk Schedule

AND SIGHTING REPORTS

SEAL WALK RESERVATIONS

Date Time Status
Saturday, November 21, 2015 8:30 AM 1 harbor seal
Sunday, November 22, 2015 9:00 AM 6 harbor seals

PHOTOS
Sunday, December 06, 2015 9:00 AM 70 harbor seals

Photos
Saturday, December 12, 2015 1:00 PM 2 harbor seals swimming instead of being hauled out

Too many boats and too many people on the shore near the haulout on a spring-like day in December and the seals had been obviously spooked off the haulout site. Let's hope that this isn't a regular occurrence this year. Looking forward to real winter-like weather soon.

PHOTOS
sATURDAY, dECEMBER 19, 2015 RESEARCH
TRIP
61 harbor seals (59 hauled out and 2 in the water)

Photos
Sunday, December 20, 2015 8:30 AM 15-20 harbor seals in the water feeding on bunker (Atlantic menhaden)

Photos
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 SEAL RESEARCH   70 harbor seals.

The seals were originally split into two groups seperated by 240 yards, a large group of nearly 31 and a second group of 15.  The larger group continued to increase in number and within 30 minutes grew to 55, while the second group remained at 10.

Within 45 minutes of our arrival the seals from the secondary joined the others.


Photos

Video 1
Video 2  
Saturday, December 26, 2015 12:30 PM 12 harbor seals (3 hauled out briefly early) then and all 12 in the water)

Photos
Sunday, December 27, 2015 2:00 PM CANCELED DUE TO FOG
Monday, December 28, 2015 Seal Research 25 harbor seals (20 hauled out; 5 in water)

Photos
Sunday, January 03, 2016 8:00 AM 79 harbor seals hauled-out at Cupsogue just at sunrise. 1.5 hours later 84 were hauled out until they were scared off the sandbar by a vessel (NY 7372 JZ). The vessel passed slowly south of the sandbar and some of the seals were on alert, but most were unaffected and remained on the haul-out site. The vessel then stopped just east of the haulout and sat for a mnute out of gear, then revved its engine (still out of gear) and that caused the seals to flush from the haulout. Within 40 seconds, all 84 seals entered the water. The vessel then proceeded to follow the seals towards the inlet.

The incident will be reported to NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Agents

Photos
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 92 harbor seal hauled out

Photos
Video
fRIday, January 8, 2016  SEAL RESEARCH
65 harbor seals hauled-out

Photo and Video
Saturday, January 09, 2016 12:00 PM 12 harbor seals SWIMMING (DISTURBED)

Photos
Sunday, January 10, 2016 1:00 PM CANCELED DUE TO IMPENDING STORM
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 12 harbor seals SWIMMING (DISTURBED); 2 attempted to haul-out

Photos
Sunday, January 17, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 106 harbor seals hauled-out
Photos
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Seal Walk for East Quogue Elementary School 63 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos
Friday, January 22, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 51 harbor seals hauled-out
Photos
Saturday, January 23, 2016 12:00 PM CANCELED DUE TO STORM
Sunday, January 24, 2016 12:30 PM CANCELED DUE TO STORM
Sunday, January 31, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 44 harbor seals hauled-out

The beautiful silence of the morning was pierced with frequent and disturbing sounds of shotgun fire. They sounded very close and were extremely loud. The seals reacted by changing to vigilant behavior and periodically bouncing in place while the guns blasted

Photos and Videos  
Monday, February 1, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 100 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos and Videos
Saturday, February 06, 2016 10:30 AM 85 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos
Sunday, February 07, 2016 11:30 AM 65 harbor seals seen around 9AM at Cupsogue on 2/7/2016. By 9:45 there would be about 90 seals, but half were scared off by vessels and people between 9:45 and 12:00 when we returned. 

Photos and Videos
Friday, February 19, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 92 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos and Videos
Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:30 AM 98 harbor seals hauled-out.

Unfortunately, Many of the seals were ultimately chased from the haul-out by some jerks on a boat. The vessels actions were recorded and are being sent to federal agents


Photos
Sunday, February 21, 2016 11:30 AM 155 harbor seals hauled-out.

(2nd highest number in 11 years)


Photos
Monday, February 22, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 140 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos and Videos
Saturday, February 27, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 96 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos
Saturday, March 05, 2016 9:00 AM 94 harbor seals hauled-out.

We saw about 50 hauled-out as we walked down the road towards the viewing area. Once at the viewing area, as the CRESLI Crew walked to the snow fence to set up our equipment, while the rest of the people waited alohng the edge og the road, we saw that the seals had been flushed from the sand bar.

Everyone was asked to approach the snow fence in small groups and wait patiently
Our patience was rewarded with a sight that very few people get to witness.  We were able to watch the haul-out process.  From no seals-hauled to to 94 seals hauled out over the course of 30 minutes!!

Photos and Video
Sunday, March 06, 2016 10:00 AM 141 harbor seals hauled-out.

Photos and Video
Sunday, March 20, 2016 11:00 AM 155 harbor seals  and 1 grey seal hauled-out.

Photos and Video
Saturday, March 26, 2016 1:00 PM 96 harbor seals seen and photographed about at 11:25 AM.

Within 2 hours, unfortunately, the seals had been flushed from the sandbar and only 30 remained swimming in the area. eye-witnesses reported that many people were at the shore across from the haulout and half of the seals bolted. The other half were flushed by the close approach of a fast moving Suffolk County Police vessel. Come on folks, let's give the seals a break.

don't go down to the water's edge. Stay behind the snow fencing.


Photos and Video
Saturday, April 02, 2016 8:30 AM canceled due to forecast of rain
Sunday, April 03, 2016 9:30 AM canceled due to forecast of excessive wind
Friday, April 8, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 63 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos and Videos
Saturday, April 09, 2016 1:00 PM canceled due to forecast of rain
Sunday, April 10, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH About 30 harbor seals seen hauled out as we approached.

Unfortunately, a private helicopter flew over the hauled out seals as we were approaching and scattered them.  This helicopter has done so before, each time leaving just as we approached close enough to try and photograph or video the encounter.  Over the past years, helicopters and airplanes have repeatedly harassed the seals and have been reported to NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Agents.  Unfortunately, it hasn't stopped
.

If you are there and see anything like this occuring, try to video and/or photograph the encounter and get the aircraft's ID numbers and contact NYS DEC POLICE, OR NOAA FISHERIES , OR Dr. Kopelman (president@CRESLI.org) and he will give
you the contact information for reporting harassment.

Photos
Monday, April 11, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 84 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos and Videos
Sunday, April 17, 2016 SEAL RESEARCH 44 harbor seals hauled-out

Within a few minutes of arrival, we saw them chased off the sandbar by the close approach of a vesel. Over the next 45 minutes, vessels repeatedly cuased the seals to leave the sandbar.  Boaters, please leave the seals alone!
Photos and Videos
Saturday, April 30, 2016 7:30 AM 12 HARBOR SEALS HAULED OUT

Photos
Sunday, May 01, 2016 8:30 AM 4 harbor seals swimming

Photos
Saturday, May 07, 2016 1:00 PM Fully booked please select another date or get on our wait list
Sunday, May 08, 2016 2:00 PM Fully booked please select another date or get on our wait list

SIGHTING REPORTS FOR PREVIOUS SEAL SEASONS 2001-2015

Pinniped Passes

recommended but NOT REQUIRED


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. 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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