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 February
2014, the catalog contains 70 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 stll 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 60
identified and named seals cab be seen at
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
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 DECPolice, 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.
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
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.
returned after 12:45 PM
observed 10-12 harbor seals swimming
We have now encountered 778 humpbacks in our 13 offshore trips to the Great South
Channel and Stellwagen, and locally.
the members of the
Gulf of Maine Humpback group,
the Center for
Coastal Studies, Allied Whale, Boston Harbor
and the FlukeMatcher groups on Flickr
and Facebook, we have
photo-identified 319 different whales during these
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