Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island

Offshore Whale Watching

36 hour offshore whale and pelagic bird trip

By: A. H. Kopelman, Ph.D.

Offshore Whale Watching

2022 Great South Channel trip - status still unknown, stay tuned 

It was a mutual, but unhappy decision to cancel our 2021 Offshore whale watch. It would be absolutely impossible to maintain social distancing in the bunkrooms, galley, or elsewhere, and the need to disinfect surfaces while at sea for several days would also be difficult to do thoroughly. So in an abundance of caution and no desire to put anyone (passengers or crew) at risk, we’ve decided to cancel this year’s trip. We look forward to our 2022 offshore trip, the dates to be determined.

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

for photos and videos from our last 10 years of offshore whale watch trips, go to


Humpback curious approachWe have now had over 1460 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, Dr. Jooke Robbins of the Center for Coastal Studies, Mason Weinrich, Allied Whale, and the FlukeMatcher groups on Flickr and Facebook, and the NYC Gotham Whale humpback catalog we have photo-identified 599 different humpback whales during these trips

The vessel Viking Starship (140 foot LOA), leaving from the Viking Landing in Montauk Harbor. Parking available for the duration of your trip.
Sleeping accomodations Open bunks on the main and lower decks; sleeping bags are suggested

Excellent food can be purchased from the galley, or bring your own food





2022 dates TBD

(36 hours)

Great South Channel

  • Leave from the Viking Landing in Montauk at 7:00 PM on Sunday and proceed to the GSC. 

  • We should reach the whale grounds around day break, spend the next 12 hours among the whales and birds of the GSC. 

  • Return to Montauk at 4:00 AM on the following Tuesday





bubble feeding humpbacksCetaceans: Humpback, Fin, Minke, Right; Sei, and Pilot whales; Common, Bottlenose, Atlantic White Sided, and Risso’s Dolphins; Leatherback, Green and Loggerhead Turtles; Basking, Great White, Hammerhead, and Blue Sharks; Ocean Sunfish; Portuguese Man-of-War; and other marine life.

Birds: Cory’s, Greater, Sooty, Manx, and Audubon’s Shearwaters; Wilson’s and Leach’s Storm-Petrels; Northern Gannet; Red-necked and Red Phalaropes; Pomarine, and Parasitic Jaegers; Greater Black-backed, Herring, Laughing, and Bonaparte’s Gulls.


Dont forget that we also offer regular 5 hour whale watch trips from The Viking Dock on  Saturdays from July, 18, 2020


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