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

CRESLI 2021-2022 Seal Walks and Research at Cupsogue Beach

Almost 29,000 seal encounters at Cupsogue since 2006

By: A. H. Kopelman, PhD


CRESLI 2021-2022 Seal Walks and Research at Cupsogue Beach

CRESLI 2021/2022 Seal Walk Season is on!

28,998 seal encounters at Cupsogue since 2006 (478 trips).

Join us to observe, photograph, and learn about Long Island's seals.  

These 1.2 miles round trip walks are suitable for children and take about 1 to 1.5 hours.


  • Registration is required!

    • DONATIONS while NOT REQUIRED, are RECOMMENDED because they help us fund our research and education programs. Remember these are simply suggested donations ($5.00 per adult; $3.00 under 18

    • If you have a confirmed reservation, you will not be turned away. DONATIONS help us, but are not requiredWe are severely restricted in the number of participants this year. We hope that next year we will have put the Covid-19 Pandemic in out rear-view mirror.  


Please be prepared for the weather, i.e., wear warm clothing in layers. Hats, gloves, warm waterproof shoes are recommended, as are cameras and binoculars.

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


Please be advised that our New York State Department of Health (DOH) Covid-19 Safety Plan was submitted and approved by Suffolk County Parks and will be in place for all seal walks.

  • Appropriate facial coverings must be warn properly at all times during our walks. Individuals are required to wear facial coverings even when 6' apart.

  • Each walk will be capped at a maximum of 50 participants.

  • All equipment will be sanitized before and after each walk.

  • Telescopes will be replaced with high resolution digital cameras with viewing screen which the public will not be allowed to touch.


  • Please DO NOT PARTICIPATE IF YOU ARE SICK OR HAVE ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS. If you have been in contact with someone who is sick, please wait the 14 day period at home before coming into contact with others. Please Stay Home!


CRESLI 2021/2022 SEAL SIGHTINGS AT CUPSOGUE BEACH

Date Type of trip STATUS
Monday November 15, 2021 SEAL MONITORING SESSION

21 Harbor seals hauled-out 

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

 

Saturday November 20, 2021 SEAL WALK 

We saw just 1 harbor seal in Moriches Bay near the haulout site, but weren't able to get a photo. We later searched for and found 2 humpback whales seen about  400-800 meters from shore on the ocean side.

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Sunday November 28, 2021 SEAL WALK 

43 Atlantic harbor seals (Phoca vitulina vitulina) and 2 Atlantic gray seals (Halichoerus grypus atlantica) on the new secondary haulout area of the sandbar, NNE of what was the main haulout site at Cupsogue Beach County Park. These seals were approximately 800 yards away, in an area used when disturbed and flushed from the primary eastern haulout site. We watched a the seals reacted en-masse to an  unknown disturbance to their west (based upon the rapid head turns). Over the ensuing 30 minutes, we continued to remain low and quiet and watched as the seals swam past us, a few briefly looking our way.

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Wednesday December 1, 2021 SEAL MONITORING SESSION 

51 Atlantic harbor seals (Phoca vitulina vitulina) and 2 Atlantic gray seals (Halichoerus grypus atlantica) on the new secondary haulout area of the sandbar, NNE of what was the main haulout site at Cupsogue Beach County Park. 

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Thursday December 2, 2021

SEAL WALK

OREGON MIDDLE SCHOOL

44 Atlantic harbor seals (Phoca vitulina vitulina) and 2 Atlantic gray seals (Halichoerus grypus atlantica) on the new secondary haulout area of the sandbar NNE of what was the main haulout site at Cupsogue Beach County Park. These seals were approximately 650 yards away.  I regret to note that we were TOO LOUD and the seals reacted by jumping into the water. We left the area to allow the seals to return, which they did in about 10 minutes.

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Saturday December 4, 2021

SEAL WALK

25-30 Atlantic harbor seals (Phoca vitulina vitulina) were hauled out very far away at the tertiary northeastern haulout area.

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

 

Sunday December 12, 2021

SEAL WALK

We encountered about 20 seals hauled out at the tertiary far northeastern haulout area, but they were flushed into the water. Here are several of those that remained

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

 

Monday December 13, 2021 SEAL MONITORING SESSION 

Taken over 1.5 hrs, 25 (early)- 63 (later) seals (60 Atlantic harbor seals and 3 Atlantic gray seals), hauled out at the far NE haulout area at Cupsogue

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Thursday December 16, 2021

SEAL WALK

SAXTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Once again the seals were far off on their haulout area to the NNE . Approximately 30-35 seals were observed and photographed

 

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Saturday December 18, 2021 SEAL WALK SEAL WALK CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Sunday December 19, 2021

SEAL WALK

The winds were from the N gusting over 25 knots (31.25 mph), the water level was so high that the "new" haulout area was underwater.

No seals were hauled out and we were able to see 2 seals swimming.

No photos were taken.

Monday December 20, 2021 SEAL MONITORING SESSION 

There was no wind and the water was like glass (Beaufort Scale 0). Approximately 35 seals were seen, including a few harbor seals that were photographed swimming near the "old" haulout area across from the old overlook above the rocks.

The majority of the seals were hauled out on a new spot, even further north, almost 3/4 of a mile away.  They were so far away that it was impossible to get an accurate cont.  The exact reasons for this  change in haulout areas are unknown.  We hope that the changes are temporary and that the seals will ultimately return to their normal haulout areas soon.

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Monday December 27, 2021 SEAL MONITORING SESSION 

65 harbor seals hauled out, then flushed from the "new" haulout area in Moriches Bay. Later a harbor seal and a humpback whale were seen on the ocean side as well

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Tuesday December 28, 2021 SEAL MONITORING SESSION 

75 Atlantic harbor seals hauled out, 66 hauled out in the "new" area NNE, 9 hauled out in the prior main haulout area. One seal we hadn't seen since March 2016, Lucky, was back.

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Friday, December 31, 2021 SEAL WALK

Approximately 70 Atlantic harbor seals hauled out,  in the "new" area NNE

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Sunday, January 2, 2022 SEAL WALK

While monitoring the fog-bound haulout area prior to the seal walk we found about 30 seals hauled out in their "old place," namely the area they used from 2004-2006. 1.5 hours later, the seals were still fog bound, but at their "new" distant haulout to the NE. We waited paitiently and in a short while the fog cleared to show us ~90 seals hauled out in the "new" area.

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Sunday, January 9, 2022 SEAL WALK

75 seals at sunrise! 29 at their main haulout area and 46 on the new area on the NE end of the sandbar.

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Sunday, January 16, 2022 SEAL WALK

12 harbor seals observed swimming

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

Thursday, January 20, 2022 SEAL MONITORING SESSION

Up to ~41 Atlantic harbor seals hauled out on the far NE edge of the sandbar in Moriches Bay at Cupsogue Beach

PHOTOS available to view (and/or purchase) via this link

Here's a slideshow

     

 


Seals are seen typically throughout the 7 months between November and May, however the average number of individuals per sighting varies per month. Take a look at the chart below.

Monthly mean and standard error, # of harbor seals per sightings at Cupsogue  from 2006-2021


REMAINING TRIPS


Date TIME STATUS
Saturday, January 29, 2022 9:45:00 AM Wait-listed
Sunday, January 30, 2022 10:45:00 AM Wait-listed
Saturday, February 12, 2022 9:15:00 AM Wait-listed
Sunday, February 13, 2022 10:00:00 AM Wait-listed
Friday, February 25, 2022 7:30:00 AM Scroll down to register
Saturday, February 26, 2022 8:30:00 AM Wait-listed
Sunday, February 27, 2022 9:30:00 AM Wait-listed
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 12:00:00 PM Scroll down to register
Saturday, March 12, 2022 7:50:00 AM Scroll down to register
Sunday, March 13, 2022 9:50:00 AM Wait-listed
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 12:00:00 PM Scroll down to register
Saturday, March 26, 2022 8:15:00 AM Scroll down to register
Sunday, March 27, 2022 9:15:00 AM Wait-listed
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:00:00 PM Scroll down to register
Saturday, April 9, 2022 7:00:00 AM Scroll down to register
Sunday, April 10, 2022 8:00:00 AM Scroll down to register
Thursday, April 14, 2022 11:00:00 AM Scroll down to register
Saturday, April 23, 2022 6:45:00 AM Scroll down to register
Sunday, April 24, 2022 7:45:00 AM Scroll down to register
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 10:30:00 AM Scroll down to register
Saturday, May 7, 2022 5:45:00 AM Scroll down to register
Sunday, May 8, 2022 6:45:00 AM Scroll down to register
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 9:15:00 AM Scroll down to register


 

 

Contact Dr. Artie Kopelman to arrange additional dates and times during the week for school groups, homeschoolers, and other groups

 

REGISTER FOR THE SEAL WALKS BELOW


 


2020-2021 CRESLI Seal walk schedule, monitoring sessions, & status reports 

 

 


 

From our colleagues at NOAA Fisheries New England/Mid-Atlantic: 

If you see seals on the beach, use the Rule of Thumb while watching seals to make sure you are giving them enough space.
1) Close one eye.
2) Make a thumbs up and hold your thumb so it's in line with your vision and the seal.
3) If you can see the seal from behind your thumb, you are too close so back up!

https://www.facebook.com/NOAAFisheriesNEMA/photos/a.1841106822794035/2588783844692992/

Don't forget to contact your local stranding network 631-369-9829, or our regional hotline 866-755-6622, if you think the seal needs help!


2019-2020 SEAL SIGHTINGS AT CUPSOGUE with photo links

 


All CRESLI Cupsogue Seal Videos on Vimeo


 

More information on past seal walk results

CRESLI is a non-profit organization as defined in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All Contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of the last financial report filed with the Department of State may be obtained by writing to NYS Dept. of State, Office of Charities Registration, Albany, NY 12231.