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CRESLI SEAL WALKS AT CUPSOGUE


2014-2015 SEAL WALK SCHEDULE AND SIGHTINGS
BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON -Flash version
BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON - html version (for iPad and iPhone users)
All CRESLI seal sighting summaries
seal photographs from ALL trips
CRESLI's best seal photos thru 2014
Grey seal feeding on bunker

2014-2015 CUPSOGUE SEAL SIGHTINGS
Date Status
Saturday, November 22, 2014 2 harbor seals swimming
Sunday,
November 23, 2014
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.

Photos
Saturday, december 06, 2014 canceled due to storm
Sunday,
December 07, 2014
canceled due to excessive wind
Sunday,
December 14, 2014 (
Research trip)
 68 harbor seals

Photos

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 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.

Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach, December 15, 2013Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach, December 15, 2013

2014 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI

Whale Watching from Montauk

is over.

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 well.

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.

Our 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).

Since 7/29/12 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 http://cresli.org/cresli/cetacean/ww_sightings.html


Fin whale and bow-riding common dolphins, July 2013 off Montauk NY

2014 VIKING FLEET/CRESLI Sightings

 

Best Photos of the 2014 Whale Watch Season

Interactive Maps of 2014 Sightings with Photos

Viking Fleet/CRESLI Montauk Whale Watch Information

2014 and previous whale watch sighting summaries


CRESLI 2014 Great South Channel trip

Our 2014 trip was outstanding! 91 humpbacks and more

breaching humpback in Great South Channel, August 2014

List of Identified Humpbacks from our 2014 GSC 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

PHOTOS from Day 1
PHOTOS from Day 2

Interactive Map and Photos

2014 Great South Channel trip: August 10-12, 2014

Video from Day 1

Video from Day 2: the "Breachfest"

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.

  Photos of Identified humpbacks from CRESLI trips (2002-2014)

Sighting summaries and photos for each offshore trip

Detailed list - total CRESLI humpback sightings 2002-2014

 Stellwagen Bank, feedingl humpback August 16, 2011


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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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