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2016 CRESLI-Viking Whale watch reports


All trips leave from the Viking Landing in Montauk Harbor

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Sunday August 28, 2016

Breaching Whales & Dolphins! Oh, & Sea Turtles too

We found our first whale - a young humpback very shortly after we passed Montauk Point. A few inshore bottlenose dolphins joined this young humpback. We eventually headed further out and found a minke whale. We headed back closser to shore and found a green sea turtle on the way. Then near our first whale area we found more. Another two humpbacks. One was a subadult, the other a juvenile. The last humpback was breaching, flipper slapping, than slapping for nearly 40 minutes - a wonderful show and a nice way to end the trip.

Totals:
3 HUMPBACK WHALES
1 MINKE WHALE
6 INSHORE BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS
1 GREEN SEA TURTLE
1 UNKNOWN TURTLE
3 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
2 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
1 GREAT SHEARWATER

Photos

Sunday August 21, 2016

Long trip but no whales. We headed out and covered over 50 nautical miles but had no luck finding whales or dolphins. Even the balls of krill near Montauk Point had nothing feeding on them. We will try again next week.

Totals:
46 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
3 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
1 GREAT SHEARWATERS
7 RED NECKED PHALAROPES
5 OTHER PHALAROPES

Sunday August 14, 2016


It was a long hot trip, cooler than on land, but hot none the less! We covered over 52 miles, searching inshore and several offshore feeding areas looking for the whales that had been reported 2 days ago in our usual spots. No luck. No whales, no dolphins, no turtles, a few birds and a few sharks.

Totals:
5 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
2 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
25 GREAT SHEARWATERS
2 BLUE SHARKS

Sunday August 7, 2016

Everywhere we went we found whales!

3 Humpbacks, 2 Fin Whales, 1 Minke.
The humpbacks were close in, near the shore, one on the way out and two on the way in. We also found a new mother/calf fin whale out where we had seen them before. Not may whales, but a nice variety of species.

Totals:
2 FIN WHALES
1 MINKE WHALES
3 HUMPBACK WHALES
1 LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
25 YOUNG THRESHER SHARKS
50 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
100 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
350 GREAT SHEARWATERS
5 SOOTY SHEARWATERS


Photos

Sunday July 31, 2016

Utterly Spectacular day again!

We could hear a young child at the bow say "this was the most spectular day of my life". It was a trip to remember. Not just the 12 fin whales, 2 minkes and 40 common dolphins, but one of the 3 cow/calf fin whale pairs put on an amazing "show". They lunge fed and rolled over onto their sides, or upside down over and over again for about 30 minutes. Something that our seasoned (almost 30 years) naturalist (Dr. Artie Kopelman) had never seen before. Wow! Wait! As I write we found a humpback! This is a new humpback for us this year (our 2nd), it is another from the NYC catalog of Gotham Whale, NYC0031, but hasn't made it to the western NY Bight yet this year. What an amazing, spectacular, outrageously productive day.

Totals:
12 FIN WHALES
2 MINKE WHALES
1 HUMPBACK (NYC0031)
40 SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS
35 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
15 COREY'S SHEARWATERS
3 GREAT SHEARWATERS
2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS
1 NORTHERN GANNET

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VIDEO

Sunday July 24, 2016

Another Multispecies Day! Humpback & Fin Whales

We started the trip with reports of a humpback near the lighthouse. We found it, a young humpback that had been seen and photographed by Dr. Artie Kopelman in NY Harbor in late June (Gotham Whale Catalog #NYC0040). Later we headed to where we'd seen fin whales previously this year. This time we found them a little closer in. Again mom and calf pairs (2 Pairs) and seven other fin whales. On our way back we found the humpback once more near the lighthouse. As we left it breached behind us.

Totals:
1 HUMPBACK WHALE (NYC0040)
11 FINBACK WHALES
20 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
10 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
5 GREAT SHEARWATERS
1 OCEAN SUNFISH

PHOTO SLIDESHOW
Video

Sunday July 17, 2016

Another Banner Day! Whales & Dolphins

We started in fog, but had reports of whales and knew (hoped?) the fog would lift. The fog lifted and whales were found. 8 fin whales were photographed along with a quick view of a minke. The whales were spread over a 2 mile radius. 4 mom/calf pairs of fin whales were great to see. On our way back 120 common dolphins.

Totals:
8 FIN WHALES
1 MINKE WHALE
120 SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS
12 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
14 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
1 MANX SHEARWATER
2 BLUE SHARKS

PHOTOS
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Sunday July 10, 2016

SPECTACULAR TRIP!! 2 species of whales and 2 species of dolphins

Today's trip couldn't have been better! We found a leatherback and bottlenose dolphins (60) shortly after passing Montauk Light. Before 11:30am we found our fin whales. We spent time with 5 fin whales (1 singleton & 2 mother/calf pairs). There were 2 minkes and 3 other fin whales in the area. Great views of 5 fin whales were had. As we headed home, we found an aggregation of 120 short-beaked common dolphins. They swam to us and around us, rode our bow, vocalized and gave us a great chance to watch them. Also, tons of birds.

Totals:
8 Fin whales
2 Minke whales
60 Inshore bottlenose dolphins
120 Short-beaked common dolphins
 
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

PHOTOS
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Sunday July 3, 2016

Beautiful day on the water!

It was a beautiful day on the water with some birds, a loggerhead turtle, but no whales or dolphins.

Totals:
8 Manx Shearwaters
2 Great Shearwaters
10 Cory's Shearwaters
20 Wilson's Storm Petrels
1 Loggerhead Turtle
1 Ocean Sunfish
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