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Become a CRESLI member today!  Get discounts on the offshore whale watches!  Join us on our seal walks!  Get early notification!
Montauk whale watch  Great South Channel Whale Watch Seal Walks

CRESLI's new phone number: (631)-319-6003

CRESLI's address: P.O. Box 54, West Sayville, NY 11796


2016-2017 CRESLI SEAL WALKS AT CUPSOGUE

WILL START 0N NOVEMBER 27, 2016!

Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach


2016-2017 SEAL WALK SCHEDULE AND SIGHTINGS


CRESLI's best seal photos through 2016
All CRESLI seal sighting summaries
seal photographs from ALL trips
BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2015-16 SEASON

Grey seal feeding on bunker

CRESLI's photo-id catalog of harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach
Dr. A. Kopelman has been compiling a catalog of harbor seals that utilize the haul out site at Cupsogue beach (near Moriches Inlet).


As of September 2016, the Cupsogue harbor seal catalog contains 168 seals that are identifiable
based upon pelage marking patterns. Several of these seals have returned every year since 2006, other have returned less frequently but still return to use that site. The catalog is part of an on-going long term study of site fidelity and population dynamics. Samples photos from identified and named seals can be seen via the link above.

2016-2017 CRESLI Cupsogue Seal Sightings

SEAL WALK RESERVATIONS

Date Status Trip type
Friday, November 21, 2016 2 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Sunday, November 27, 2016 Canceled Seal Walk
Friday, December 09, 2016 69 harbor seals

Photos
 Video
Research
Saturday, December 10, 2016 84 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Sunday, December 11, 2016 90 harbor seals and 1 grey seal during reseach session prior to public walk

The seals were flushed from the haul-out by a boat before we were able to return.

30 harbor seals
were hauled out for the public seal walk

Photos

Video
Research and
Seal Walk
Thursday, December 22, 2016 73 harbor seals

Photos
 Video
Research
Sunday, December 25, 2016 55 harbor seals during reseach session prior to public walk

90 harbor seals were hauled out for the public seal walk

Photos
Research and
Seal Walk
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 108 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Saturday, January 07, 2017 43 harbor seals were seen (33 hauled out and 10 swimming)

Photos
Seal Walk
Monday, January 09, 2017 52 harbor seals

Photos

Video

Seal Walk for Oregon Middle School
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 108 harbor seals 

Photos
Seal Walk for East Quogue Elementary School
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 85 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk for Saxton and South Ocean Middle Schools
Sunday, January 15, 2017 73 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Saturday, January 21, 2017 114 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 63 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Saturday, January 28, 2017 21 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Sunday, January 29, 2017 70 harbor seals  were hauled out (resting on a sandbar).

After a while, a vessel (Full House: NY 4793GR) approached slowly, then moved in on the seals and flushed about 20 from the sandbar. That is classic 'harassment' as defined by the MMPA (Marine Mammal Protection Act). The entire incident was recorded in HD video and will be sent to NOAA Fisheries Enforcement agents and NYS DEC Police.

Come on folks, keep your distance from seals, keep observing, and if you notice ANY RESPONSE to your presence, LEAVE the area immediately and carefully.

Let's coexist!
 Photos and Video
Seal Walk
Sunday, February 5, 2017 54 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Saturday, February 11, 2017 107 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Saturday, February 18, 2017 131 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Sunday, February 19, 2017 152 harbor seals

Photos
Research
Saturday, February 25, 2017 32 harbor seals swimming after being repeatedly disturbed by vessels and people

Photos
Seal Walk
Sunday, February 26, 2017 83 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Saturday, March 11, 2017 35 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk
Sunday, MaRCH 12, 2017 131 harbor seals

Photos
Seal Walk

 




See Dr. Artie Kopelman's presentation at the 2015 Long Island Natural History Conference: Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach: population trends and site fidelity.


2016 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI

Whale Watching from Montauk

has ended for 2016

  • since 7/29/12 through 8/28/16 we found cetaceans on 44 out of 48 trips (91.7% success).

  • Since 2009  we have had 86% success rate in finding cetcaceans

Join the crew with over 30 years of whale watching experience. Come away with geat memories, great photos and videos, and an education about whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and marine life that is second-to-none..Fin whale off Montauk, July 2014

As in every year since 2009, our 2015 season was spectacular. Our local trips brought us in contact wth fin whales, and short-beaked common dolphins so far.

2016 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI

Whale Watching from Montauk

Best of the 2016 Montauk Whale Watch Photos

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Date

click on links below for detailed reports for each day

Cetaceans

click on links below for photo-galleries

Pelagic birds

  &

other biota

July 3, 2016 NONE 8 Manx Shearwaters
2 Great Shearwaters
10 Cory's Shearwaters
20 Wilson's Storm Petrels
1 Loggerhead Turtle
1 Ocean Sunfish
July 10, 2016 8 Fin whales
2 Minke whales
60 Inshore bottlenose dolphins 120 Short-beaked common dolphins

Photos
Mobile App with Photos
3 Manx Shearwaters
6 Great Shearwaters
13 Cory's Shearwaters
177 Wilson's Storm Petrels
1 Sooty shearwater
1 Leatherback Turtle
11 Short billed dowitchers


Bird counts thanks to Frank Stetler and John Gluth
July 17, 2016 8 Fin whales
1 Minke whale
120 Short-beaked common dolphins

Photos
Mobile App with Photos
12 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
14 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
1 MANX SHEARWATER
2 BLUE SHARKS


July 24, 2016 11 Fin whales
1 Humpback whale


Photo Slideshow

Video
20 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
10 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
5 GREAT SHEARWATERS
1 OCEAN SUNFISH


July 31, 2016 12 FIN WHALES
2 MINKE WHALES
1 HUMPBACK WHALE
40 SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS

Photos

Video
35 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
15 COREY'S SHEARWATERS
3 GREAT SHEARWATERS
2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS
1 NORTHERN GANNET


August 07, 2016 2 FIN WHALES
1 MINKE WHALES
3 HUMPBACK WHALES

Photos
1 LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
25 YOUNG THRESHER SHARKS
50 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
100 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
350 GREAT SHEARWATERS
5 SOOTY SHEARWATERS


August 14, 2016 NONE
5 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
2 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
25 GREAT SHEARWATERS
2 BLUE SHARKS


August 21, 2016 NONE
46 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
3 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
1 GREAT SHEARWATERS
7 RED NECKED PHALAROPES
5 OTHER PHALAROPES



August 28, 2016
1 MINKE WHALES
3 HUMPBACK WHALES
6 INSHORE BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS
Photos

1 GREEN SEA TURTLE
1 UNKNOWN TURTLE
3 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
2 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
1 GREAT SHEARWATER



2016 and previous whale watch sighting summaries

Viking Fleet/CRESLI Montauk Whale Watch Information


Great South Channel, feeding humpback August 15, 2016

CRESLI GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL TRIPS

We are still at 100% success at finding whales on our offshore trips.

2016 Great South Channel Trip

(August 15 and 16 in the GSC)

Our 2016 trip was outstanding! over 120 humpbacks and more

This was one of our best trips ever to the Great South Channel!  From sunrise to sunset, we found whales, fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, and common dolphins.


We encountered well over 100 humpbacks and have ID'd 102 humpbacks so far, including 16 cow/calf pairs. Lot's more work to do, but keep your eyes our for our updates

TOTALS
121 humpbacks (104 Identified so far, 17 unknown)
1 fin whales
20 minke whales
Thousands of Great Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwaters, Cory's Shearwaters, Manx Shearwaters, Wilson's Storm Petrels, and 1 Pomarine Jaeger

2016 Great South Channel Photos - Day 1

2016 Great South Channel Photos - Day 2

Flipper slapping video
Kick-feeding video
Open-mouth bubble feeding video
List of Identified Humpbacks from our 2016 GSC trip

Sighting summaries and photos for each offshore trip


Join CRESLI on our yearly trip to the Great South Channel, a deep channel at the southern end of the Gulf of Maine, between Georges Bank and Nantucket   Shoals.  This is a major feeding area for humpback and other whales

We have now had 1100 humpback encounters in our trips to the Great South Channel, Stellwagen Bank, and locally. With the assistance of Laura Howes of Boston Harbor Cruises, the Gulf of Maine Humpback group, the Center for Coastal Studies, Allied Whale, and the FlukeMatcher groups on Flickr and Facebook, we have photo-identified 420 different humpback whales during these trips.

  Photos of Identified humpbacks from CRESLI trips (2002-2016)

Detailed list - total CRESLI humpback sightings 2002-2016


 

SEE DR. ARTIE KOPELMAN'S PRESENTATION ON THE 4TH EPISODE OF WATER MATTERS


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Call the NYS Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Standing Hotline at 631-369-9829

EDUCATORS: For information about CRESLI cruises, walks, lectures, other programs, and availability of in-service credit


Photos (by others) of Long Island's Coastal Biota and Ecosystems


Long Island Horseshoe Crab Network Alert

Help is needed to track species.

Limulus in the Limelight by John T. Tanacredi, Ph. D. (from Fauna) (0.9 MB)

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