2 harbor seals hauled out only to be chased off the sand bar by a vessel. The
vessel's occupants beached the craft on the sand bar,
anchored it and got out and began shooting a shotgun at clay
targets. CRESLI personel notified Suffolk County, local, and
NYSDEC Police. After the shooters eventually left, the seals
returned to the sand bar. We at CRESLI hope that those folks
get nailed for marine mammal harassment and anything else
with which they can be charged.
The temperature at 8:00 AM was somewhere around 12
degrees Fahrenheit. It was cold, but our stalwart
participants were ready for the cold.
were lucky enough to see the begining of a haul-out.
The young seals hauled out first (they are molting and
truly need to be out of the water until their molts are
finished). The early haul-out individiuals were
typically hyper-vigilant Early haul-outers often
return to the water u til enough individuals haul-out to
provide some "strength in numbers.
At the Cupsogue Beach haulout site this
morning at 8:10 (50
minutes prior to updates scheduled seal walk
meeting time), there were ~90 harbor
seals hauled out on the sand bar.
By 9:10, as we got to see the
sand bar for the first time (we were still
about 1/4 mile away from the viewing area) we
first noticed that NONE were hauled out,
As we got to the viewing area, we saw about
12 were in the water. Some swimming,
others bottling, and still others canoodling
in the between the near shore and the sand
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 DECEMBER 2014, the catalog
contains 70 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 70 identified and named seals
can be seen via the link above.
2014 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI
Whale Watching from Montauk
Our 2014 Whale watching season ended on September 01, 2014.
We were unable to find any whales or dolphins for the first
time in 30 consecutive local trips since July 29, 2012. Ah
This season, like the last, was spectacular. Our local trips
brought us in contact wth fin whales, minke whales, humpback
whales, short-beaked common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins
(inshore and offshore types), leatherback turtles,
loggerhead turtles, and Kemp's ridley turtles.
offshore trip to the Great South Channel continued our
success for 13 years, with 30-40 minke whales, 3 fin whales,
short-beaked common dolphins, white-sided dolphins, and 91
humpback whales (80 have been ID'd).
through 8/27/14 we found cetaceans on 29 consecutive trips
(97% success). We were bound to finally miss. What a ride!!!
For specifics on all of our trips since 2000 and links to
potos and maps, go to
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
We have now had 873 humpback encounters in our trips to the Great South Channel,
Stellwagen Bank, and locally.
With the assistance of 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 354 different whales during these trips.
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