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

Seal Cruises

Shinnecock Bay and elsewhere

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


Seal Cruises

CRESL Seal Cruises

CRESLI is scheduling 2024 cruises to view seals of Shinnecock Bay, NY, using the R/V PECONIC at the Stony Brook University Marine Seals at Shinnecock Bay, February 2022Science 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 in our waters, as 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 $40 per person. Spaces are limited and registration is required.

This year we are happy to have the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center as a co-sponsor of our seal cruises.

Registrations can be made by clicking on the date or dates below

Completed Trips


Upcoming Trips (Click on date to make reservation)

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.

Check the marine forecast for Shinnecock Bay

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.

Don't forget that CRESLI SEAL WALKS at CUPSOGUE BEACH began on Saturday, November 25, 2023 


Seal cruises in the waters around Plum Island with CRESLI naturalists/scientists/educators can be arranged. Please contact Dr. Artie Kopelman


20024 Shinnecock Cruise Reports
DATE REPORT
Saturday, January 27, 2024 

Fantastic trip! We were lucky enough to be able to watch as seals arriving from the ocean swam north towards the haul-out site. While just a few seals were hauled out at first, they kept coming 34 seals, then 47 seals, the 72, then 79, then over 90. We were able to observe some classic loud and sometimes violent contests between seals for space of the sandbar. We also many seals with distinctive markings including 2 that we'd last seen in late October. An amazing experience for all of u. These photos were taken using a Nikon Z 8 camera and a Nikkor Z 180-600mm lens. Some have been merged to form panoramic views to facilitate counting, and others were digitally cropped. All photos were taken without disturbing seals from distances in full compliance with federal and NYS statues regarding marine mammals. Our thanks to Captain Chris Winsor, and to his mate Matt for their help. We also thank Stony Brook University, SoMAS and the Marine Sciences Center at the Southampton Campus. One final thank you to our co-sponsors, the  South Fork Natural History Center and Museum

Photos and videos can be viewed and purchased here (funds go to help support CRESLI's work)

Slideshow below

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Another amazing trip on Shinnecock Bay! CRESLI Senior scientist/naturalist, Dr. Artie Kopelman, with the help of his trained volunteers and the fantastic crew of the R/V Peconic, brought us to see 205 Atlantic harbor seals hauled-out on a sandbar in Shinnecock Bay. These photos were taken using a Nikon Z 8 camera and a Nikkor Z 180-600mm lens. Some have been merged to form panoramic views to facilitate counting, and others were digitally cropped. All photos were taken without disturbing seals from distances in full compliance with federal and NYS statues regarding marine mammals. Our thanks to Captain Chris Winsor, and to Chris Paparo for their help. We also thank Stony Brook University, SoMAS and the Marine Sciences Center at the Southampton Campus. One final thank you to our co-sponsors, the South Fork Natural History Center and Museum

Photos and videos can be viewed and purchased here (funds go to help support CRESLI's work)

Monday, February 19, 2024

 

Dr. Kopelman's Stony Brook University, Spring 2024 MAR395-01 (Marine Mammal Research Techniques) class, once again traveled on the R/V Peconic, to view and count seals on the Shinnecock Bay haul-out area. We encountered 141 seals: 140 Atlantic harbor seals and 1 male Atlantic gray seal. Our thanks, again, to Captain Chris Winsor and Mate (and classmate) Matt Dean

Photos and videos can be viewed and purchased here 

   


20023 Shinnecock Cruise Reports
DATE REPORT

March 20, 2023  Suffolk Community College - Marine Bio Club trip .

Dr. Artie Kopelman, CRESLI's President, Senior Naturalist and Lecturer on Marine Mammals at Stony Brook University, led a trip organized by Dr. Marianne McNamara, Professor of Biology and CRESLI Naturalist, for the Marine Bio Club of SuffokCommunity College. We encountered 145 Atlantic harbor seals (Phoca vitulina vitulina) and 1 Atlantic gray seal pup (Halichoerus grypus atlantica) in Shinnecock Bay, during a CRESLI cruise on Stony Brook University's  R/V Peconic. We thank SBU SoMAS and Captain Brian Gagliardi

Photos can be viewed andf purchased here (funds go to help support CRESLI's work)

Slideshow below

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

A fantastic trip on the R/V Peconic, led by Dr. Artie Kopelman.  We encountered 91 harbor seals comfortably hauled-out on the sandbar. Captain Brian Gagliardi, as always, did an incredibly fine job allowing us to see the seals without any disturbance to them. We were also joined by Chris Paparo, Manager of the Marine Sciences Center of Stony Brook University Southhampton Campus, who introduced passengers to the bird life on Shinnecock Bay.

Photos can be viewed and purchased here (funds go to help support CRESLI's work)

Slideshow below 

   

 


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

Photos
Saturday May 11, 2019 15 harbor seals, including one bein g strangled by plastic


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 2018 Seal Cruise Date  Status
 Saturday, February 3, 2018  ~200 Grey seals and ~10 harbor seals

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 Sunday, March 18, 2018  ~375 Grey seals and ~60 harbor seals

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 Saturday, April 21, 2018  ~60 Grey seals and ~100 harbor seals

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 Saturday, May 5, 2018  ~300 Grey seals and ~~600 harbor seals

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 Saturday, May 12, 2018  ~100 Grey seals and ~40 harbor seals

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Harbor seals on Plum Island