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 2022-2023 Seal Walks and Cruises

Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach and Seal Cruises at Shinnecock Bay

By: A. H. Kopelman, PhD


CRESLI 2022-2023 Seal Walks and Cruises

CRESLI 2022-2023 Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach will begin on early December 2022!


CRESLI Cruises on the R/V Peconic to view seals in Shinnecock Bay begin February 4, 2023


30,651 seal encounters at Cupsogue Beach since 2006 (502 trips in 17 years)!

2600 seal encounters in 42 trips in 2021-2022 seal season.


Join us this autumn through spring (our 18th year at Cupsogue) 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. Learn from experts and see how citizen science works!


Best photos and videos from the 2021-22 Cupsogue Seal Season

Purchase any or all of these photos and help support our research and education programs


CRESLI 2022- 2023 SEAL SIGHTINGS AT CUPSOGUE BEACH

OBSERVATIONS

Saturday, November 26, 2022

SEAL MONITORING SESSION

3 Harbor seals swimming

Thursday, December 1, 2022

SEAL MONITORING SESSION

1 Harbor seals swimming while the dredging pipes were being removed

Photos available to view and purchase 

Here's a slide show


CRESLI 2022-2023 Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach 12/03/2022 through 5/14/2023


  • 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. 

DATE and TIME STATUS

Sunday, December 4, 2022  9:15 AM 

AVAILABLE

Saturday, December 17, 2022 7:00 AM

AVAILABLE

Sunday, December 18, 2022 8:00 AM

AVAILABLE

Saturday, December 24, 2022 1:00 PM

AVAILABLE

Saturday, December 31, 2022 7:30 AM

AVAILABLE

Sunday, January 1, 2023 8:00 AM

AVAILABLE

Saturday, January 7, 2023 12:30 PM

AVAILABLE

Saturday, January 21, 2023 12:30 PM

AVAILABLE

Sunday, January 29, 2023 7:15 AM

AVAILABLE

Saturday, February 18, 2023 10:45 AM

AVAILABLE

Sunday, February 19, 2023 11:30 AM

AVAILABLE

Sunday, March 5, 2023 11:00 AM

AVAILABLE

Saturday, March 18, 2023 10:30 AM

AVAILABLE

Sunday, March 19, 2023 11:00 AM

AVAILABLE

Sunday, April 2, 2023 11:00 AM

AVAILABLE

Saturday, April 15, 2023 9:00 AM

AVAILABLE

Sunday, April 16, 2023 10:00 AM

AVAILABLE

Saturday, April 29, 2023 8:30 AM

AVAILABLE

Sunday, April 30, 2023 9:30 AM

AVAILABLE
Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 8:00 AM AVAILABLE

Sunday, May 14, 2023 9:00 AM

AVAILABLE


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 DO NOT PARTICIPATE IF YOU ARE SICK OR HAVE ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS. If you have recently been in contact with someone who is sick, Please Stay Home!

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

  • Telescopes and high resolution digital cameras with viewing screen will be available.

 

CRESLI has also scheduled 3 Cruises on the R/V PECONIC to view the seals of Shinnecock Bay, NY, leaving from Stony Brook University Marine Science Center in Southampton, NY. 

DATE TIME STATUS

Saturday, February 4, 2023

1 PM - 3 PM AVAILABLE
Saturday, March 4, 2023 10 AM - 12 PM  AVAILABLE
Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10 AM - 12 PM AVAILABLE

Please go to our Seal Cruise page for more information and cruise reservation links


2021-2022 CRESLI Seal walk and monitoring session status reprorts (2600 seal encounters in 42 trips)

For earlier sightings go to the Latest Trip Reports tab


Seals are seen typically throughout the 7 months (November through 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


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


 


 

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!


 

CRESLI Cupsogue Seal Videos on Vimeo


Information on past CRESLI seal walks (from 2002-2022)

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.