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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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