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2016 Great South Channel trip

Open mouth feeding humpback, 8/145/16 in GSC

August 14-16, 2016

Great South Channel 2016 Report

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

 

the best trip ever!! over 100 identified humpbacks


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.


The vessel:

Viking Starship (140 foot LOA), leaving from the Viking Landing in Montauk Harbor.  Parking available for the duration of your trip.

Sleeping accommodations:

Open bunks on the main and lower decks; sleeping bags are suggested

Meals:

Excellent food can be purchased from the galley, or bring your own food.

August 14-16, 2016

(51 hours)

Great South Channel

  • Leave Montauk at 6:30 PM on August 14, 2016 and head to Martha’s Vineyard (MV) to pick up (and drop off) passengers.  We expect to arrive at Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard at around 12:30 AM on 8/15 we leave MV at around 1:00 AM and proceed to the GSC. 

  • We should reach the whale grounds around day break, spend the next 24 hours amongst the whales and birds of the GSC. 

  • The following morning, we will have the option of either remaining on the whale grounds, or if the weather deems it necessary, returning early to Martha’s Vineyard for land-based birding, hiking, or other activities.  The vessel will ultimately depart Martha’s Vineyard at 4:30 PM on 8/16 and return to Montauk at 9:30 PM on 8/16/2016.

100% success on our Offshore Whale and Pelagic Bird trips

Great South Channel 2016 Reservation Form

Expectations:

Cetaceans: Humpback, Fin, Minke, Right; Sei, and Pilot whales; Common, Bottlenose, Atlantic White Sided and Risso’s Dolphins; Leatherback, Green and Loggerhead Turtles; Basking, Great White, Hammerhead, and Blue Sharks; Bluefin, Yellowfin, and Bigeye Tuna; White Marlin; Ocean Sunfish; Portuguese Man-of-War; and other marine life.

Birds: Cory’s, Greater, Sooty, Manx, and Audubon’s Shearwaters; Wilson’s and Leach’s Storm-Petrels; Northern Gannet; Red-necked and Red Phalaropes; Pomarine, and Parasitic Jaegers; Greater Black-backed, Herring, Laughing, and Bonaparte’s Gulls.


Click here to see a list of all humpbacks from CRESLI trips since 2002

Click here for a gallery of our identified humpbacks from 2002-2016


 

Sighting summaries  for each offshore trip of the past 13 years

Cory'sShearwater, photo by A. H. KopelmanHumpback whale breach, photo by A. H. Kopelman

Humpbacks, GSC 2016


Departure point: The Viking Dock at Montauk Harbor, Montauk, NY
Destination: Offshore pelagic birds and whale watch trips to the Great South Channel.
Trip lengths: 51 hours
Trip organizer: Dr. Arthur Kopelman for CRESLI
Reservations are required and must be made via the CRESLI website reservations page, follow the links for the offshore pelagic bird and whale cruises.
Click here to see sighting reports and photographs from previous years .

Comments: The vessel is the 140’ Viking Starship that can sleep up to 65 passengers in navy style bunks. Excellent food will be available at reasonable prices. Passengers may bring their own food as well. The trips will be led by a seasoned marine mammal biologist and professor. Volunteers from CRESLI will assist in photo-identification spotting and data collection.


Cooperative bubble feeding, August 21015, GSC

Below are some photos taken of the sleeping quarters and main cabin.

starboard bunkroom Viking Starship

main cabin

The chart below shows the green lines represent the track of our cruises to and from the Great South Channel in 2010

 

Great South Channel 2016 Reservation Form

 

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