Shinnecock Bay and elsewhere
By: A. H. Kopelman, Ph.D.
CRESL Seal Cruises
CRESLI has scheduled 3 seal cruises during 2023 seal season to view seals of Shinnecock Bay, NY, using the R/V PECONIC at the Stony Brook University Marine Science Center in Southampton, NY.
Join us as a CRESLI scientist leads 2 hour expeditions to view, photograph and gather information about the diversity and distribution of the seals in Shinnecock Bay. You'll learn about the different species of seals here, a well as the characteristics and behaviors that allow these animals to thrive. You'll hear about the history of seal exploitation and recovery and see these animals in their natural habitat.
CRESLI Seal Cruises on the RV Peconic around Shinnecock Bay will meet and board 30 minutes before the listed departure time at the dock area. Please do not be late
Stony Brook Marine Station, 8 Little Neck Road, Southampton, NY 11968. The cruise take about 2 hours, and will cost $35 per person. Spaces are limited and registration is required
Registrations can be made by clicking on the date or dates below
Saturday, February 4, 2023, 1 PM - 3 PM is at capacity, please go to https://forms.gle/6CamEw5ACBDhENmy7 to get on the wait list
Saturday, March 4, 2023, 10 AM - 12 PM is at capacity, please go to https://forms.gle/6CamEw5ACBDhENmy7 to get on the wait list
Saturday, April 1, 2023, 1 0 AM - 12 PM just a few spots available
Please be prepared for the COLD i.e., the vessel is essentially open to the weather on 3 sides and you will need to wear warm clothing in layers; wear long pants, hat, gloves, etc. Check the weather for Shinnecock Bay 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. We also suggest bringing water, binoculars, cameras. Hand warmers and toe warmers are also good to have.
Cancellation Policy: If a cruise is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel your reservation within 24 hrs of the scheduled cruise, you will receive a full refund.
Seal cruises in the waters around Plum Island with CRESLI naturalists/scientists/educators can be arranged. Please contact Dr. Artie Kopelman
Past seal cruises in the Plum Gut Area
|2019 Seal Cruise Date||Status|
|Saturday January 12, 2019||~100 gray seals and ~100 harbor seals|
|Saturday January 26, 2019||50 gray seals on Great Gull Island and ~300 on Little Gull Island |
|Saturday May 11, 2019||15 harbor seals, including one bein g strangled by plastic |
|2018 Seal Cruise Date||Status|
|Saturday, February 3, 2018|| ~200 Grey seals and ~10 harbor seals |
|Sunday, March 18, 2018|| ~375 Grey seals and ~60 harbor seals |
|Saturday, April 21, 2018|| ~60 Grey seals and ~100 harbor seals |
|Saturday, May 5, 2018|| ~300 Grey seals and ~~600 harbor seals |
|Saturday, May 12, 2018|| ~100 Grey seals and ~40 harbor seals |