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 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.Seals at Shinnecock Bay, February 2022

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

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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