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Become a CRESLI member today!  Get discounts on the offshore whale watches!  Join us on our seal walks!  Get early notification!
Montauk whale watch  Great South Channel Whale Watch Seal Walks

CRESLI has a new address: P.O. Box 54, West Sayville, NY 11796


2016 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI

Whale Watching from Montauk

Sundays from July 3rd through September 4th

  • in 2015 we had 100% success.

  • Since 2009  we have had 86% success rate in finding cetcaceans

  • since 7/29/12 through 9/6/15 we found cetaceans on 39 out of 40 trips (97.5% success).

Join the crew with over 30 years of whale watching experience. Come away with geat memories, great photos and videos, and an education about whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and marine life that is second-to-none..Fin whale off Montauk, July 2014

As in every year since 2009, our 2015 season was spectacular. Our local trips brought us in contact wth fin whales, and short-beaked common dolphins so far..

2015 and previous whale watch sighting summaries

Viking Fleet/CRESLI Montauk Whale Watch Information


CRESLI GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL TRIPS

We are still at 100% success at finding whales on our offshore trips.

Great South Channel 2016 Reservation Form

Stellwagen Bank, feedingl humpback August 16, 2011

CRESLI 2016 GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL trip

August 14-16, 2016

Should be another spectacular trip

Our 2015 trip was outstanding! 80 humpbacks and more

PHOTOS from the 2015 GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL TRIP

List of Identified Humpbacks from our 2015 GSC trip

Sighting summaries and photos for each offshore trip

Join CRESLI on our yearly trip to the Great South Channel, a deep channel at the southern end of the Gulf of Maine, between Georges Bank and Nantucket Shoals.  This is a major feeding area for humpback and other whales

We have now had 962 humpback encounters in our trips to the Great South Channel, Stellwagen Bank, and locally. With the assistance of Laura Howes of Boston Harbor Cruises, the Gulf of Maine Humpback group, the Center for Coastal Studies, Allied Whale, and the FlukeMatcher groups on Flickr and Facebook, we have photo-identified 375 different whales during these trips.

  Photos of Identified humpbacks from CRESLI trips (2002-2015)

Detailed list - total CRESLI humpback sightings 2002-2015


CRESLI SEAL WALKS AT CUPSOGUE

WILL START AGTAIN IN NOVEMBER!

Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach


2015-2016 SEAL WALK SCHEDULE AND SIGHTINGS


CRESLI's best seal photos through 2016
All CRESLI seal sighting summaries
seal photographs from ALL trips
BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2015-16 SEASON

Grey seal feeding on bunker

CRESLI's photo-id catalog of harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach
Dr. A. Kopelman has been compiling a catalog of harbor seals that utilize the haul out site at Cupsogue beach (near Moriches Inlet).


As of May 2016, the Cupsogue harbor seal catalog contains 164 seals that are identifiable
based upon pelage marking patterns. Several of these seals have returned every year since 2006, other have returned less frequently but still return to use that site. The catalog is part of an on-going long term study of site fidelity and population dynamics. Samples photos from identified and named seals can be seen via the link above.

2015-2016 CRESLI Seal Sightings  

at Cupsogue Beach

Date Status Trip type
Saturday, November 21, 2015 1 habor seal swimming Seal walk
Sunday, November 22, 2015 6 harbor seals hauled out

PHOTOS
RESEARCH  and
SEAL WALK
Sunday, December 06, 2015 70 harbor seals hauled out

PHOTOS
RESEARCH  and
SEAL WALK
Monday, December 07, 2015 71 harbor seals hauled out at 8:30 AM.

THE SEALS WERE OCCASIONALLY ON ALERT AFTER HEARING GUN SHOTS FROM DISTANT HUNTERS. AFTER SHOTS CEASE, THE SEALS RELAX UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND OF SHOTS.

RETURNED AT 11:00 am WITH THE SCHOOL GROUP (OREGON MIDDLE SCHOOL) AND ONLY 6 WERE STILL THERE- THE MAJORITY HAD BEEN FLUSHED FROM THE SITE INADVERTENTLY BY A SHORE-BASED FISHER. THE 6 REMAINING INDIVIDUALS WERE FLUSHED BY THE PASSAGE OF A US COAST GUARD VESSEL AT HIGH SPEED.


PHOTOS

VIDEO

RESEARCH and SEAL WALK for the Oregon Middle School
Saturday, December 12, 2015 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
RESEARCH  and
SEAL WALK
SAturday, December 19, 2015 61 harbor seals (59 hauled out and 2 in the water)

Photos
SEAL RESEARCH 
Sunday, December 20, 2015 15-20 harbor seals in the water feeding voraciously on bunker (Atlantic menhaden)

Photos
SEAL walk
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 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  
SEAL RESEARCH
SAturday, December 26, 2015 12 harbor seals (3 hauled out briefly early) then and all 12 in the water)

Photos
RESEARCH and SEAL WALK 
Sunday, December 27, 2015 Canceled due to dense fog  
Monday, December 28, 2015 25 harbor seals (20 hauled out; 5 in water)

Photos
SEAL RESEARCH
sUnday, jANUArY 3, 2016 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 enterred the water. The vessel then proceeded to follow the seals towards the inlet.

the incident will be reported to NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Agents

Photos
RESEARCH and SEAL WALK
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 92 harbor seals hauled-out

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

Photo and Video
SEAL RESEARCH
Saturday, January 9, 2016 12 harbor seals SWIMMING (DISTURBED)

Photos
RESEARCH and SEAL WALK
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 12 harbor seals SWIMMING (DISTURBED); 2 attempted to haul-out

Photos
SEAL RESEARCH
Sunday, January 17, 2016 106 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos
SEAL RESEARCH
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 63 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos
Seal Walk for East Quogue Elementary School
Friday, January 22, 2016 51 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos
SEAL RESEARCH
Sunday, January 31, 2016 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  
SEAL RESEARCH
Monday, February 1, 2016 100 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos and Videos
SEAL RESEARCH
Saturday, February 6, 2016 85 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos
RESEARCH and SEAL WALK
Sunday, February 7, 2016 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
RESEARCH and SEAL WALK
Friday, February 19, 2016 92 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos and Videos
SEAL RESEARCH
Saturday, February 20, 2016 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
RESEARCH and SEAL WALK
Sunday, February 21, 2016 155 harbor seals hauled-out.

(2nd highest number in 11 years)

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

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

Photos
RESEARCH
Saturday, MArch 05, 2016 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 outover the course of 30 minutes!!

Photos and Video
RESEARCH and SEAL WALK
Sunday, MArch 06, 2016 141 harbor seals hauled-out.

Photos and Video
RESEARCH and SEAL WALK
Sunday, MArch 20, 2016 155 harbor seals  and 1 grey seal hauled-out.

Photos and Video
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016 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
RESEARCH and SEAL WALK
Friday, April 8, 2016 63 harbor seals.

Photos and Video
RESEARCH
Saturday, April 9, 2016 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER  
Sunday, April 10, 2016 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
RESEARCH
Monday, April 11, 2016 84 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos and Video
RESEARCH
Sunday, April 17, 2016 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 Video
RESEARCH
Friday, April 29, 2016 3 harbor seals swimming

Photos
RESEARCH
Saturday, April 30, 2016 12 harbor seals hauled-out

Photos
RESEARCH AND SEAL WALK
Sunday, May 01, 2016 4 harbor seals swimming

Photos
RESEARCH AND SEAL WALK
Sunday, May 07, 2016 9 harbor seals HAULED -OUT

Photos
RESEARCH AND SEAL WALK



See Dr. Artie Kopelman's presentation at the 2015 Long Island Natural History Conference: Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach: population trends and site fidelity.

SEE DR. ARTIE KOPELMAN'S PRESENTATION ON THE 4TH EPISODE OF WATER MATTERS


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