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CRESLI 2014-2015  Seal Walks


 

    Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach County Park  

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

 

2014-15 CRESLI SEAL SEASON

  at Cupsogue Beach County Park

BEGINS NOVEMBER 22, 2014

General Information about Seal Walks: CRESLI seal walks will take place between November and May. Please note that weather will play a significant role in determining the seal walk schedule. Please call CRESLI at (631) 244-3352 for schedule changes and cancellations.  The walks  are approximately 1.2 miles round trip and take about 1 to 2 hours.  These walks are suitable for children. 

Please be prepared for the weather, i.e., wear warm clothing (outerwear should be in muted colors) in layers. Hats, gloves, warm waterproof shoes, and water are also recommended, as are cameras and binoculars.   For those without waterproof shoes, an additional dry pair of shoes and socks (for the ride home) would be beneficial. Check the weather for Westhampton Beach and assume that the winds will produce wind chill. It’s better to be a more-on, than a less-on, i.e., having more layers than you need is the right thing. 

You must register for any CRESLI seal walks. Registration will enable us to contact you regarding changes and/or cancellations.

REGISTER FOR A SEAL WALK

BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON -Flash version
BEST PHOTOS OF THE 2013-14 SEASON - html version (for iPad and iPhone users)

Suggested contributions of $5.00 per adult (over 18)  and $3 per child (18 and under) will help support CRESLI's ongoing seal research programs.  

2014-2015 CRESLI Seal Walk Schedule

SCHEDULE AND SIGHTING REPORTS

Date Time Status
Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:30 AM 2 harbor seals swimming
Sunday, November 23, 2014 11:00 AM 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.

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Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:30 AM CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Sunday, December 07, 2014 11:00 AM canceled due to wind
Sunday December 14, 2014 Research trip 68 harbor seals

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Friday December 19, 2014 Research trip 78 harbor seals

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 9:30 AM  73 harbor seals

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 10:00 AM  81 harbor seals

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Saturday December 27, 2014 Research Trip 90 Harbor seals

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Monday, December 29, 2014 Research Trip 85 Harbor seals

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Friday, January 02, 2015 Research Trip  88 harbor seals

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Saturday, January 03, 2015 9:30 AM 14 harbor seal (swimming)

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Sunday,
January 11, 2015
Research Trip 14 Harbor seals

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WEdnesday,
January 14, 2015
Research Trip 14 Harbor seals

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Thursday,
January 15, 2015
Research Trip  87 harbor seals


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Saturday, January 17, 2015 8:00 AM 18 harbor seal (7 hauled-out and 11 swimming).

The temperature at 8:00 AM was somewhere around 12 degrees Fahrenheit. It was cold, but our stalwart participants were ready for the cold. 

We 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.

(a few hours later 40 were reported hauled-out)

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Sunday, January 18, 2015 9:00 AM 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 bar

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Research Trip 68 harbor seals

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 8:30 AM CANCELED DUE TO HIGH WIND ADVISORY
Sunday, February 01, 2015 9:00 AM 28 Harbor seals

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Saturday, February 14, 2015 8:00AM 51 harbor seals
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Sunday, February 15, 2015 8:30 AM Canceled due to winter storm
Saturday,
February 21, 2015
Research Trip 13 Harbor seals

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 8:00AM 34 Harbor seals

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Sunday, March 01, 2015 8:30 AM 44 Harbor seals

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Saturday, March 07, 2015 12:00 PM 65 Harbor seals

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Sunday, March 15, 2015 8:00 AM 90 Harbor seals
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Monday, March 16, 2015 island trees HS 80 Harbor seals
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Sunday, March 22, 2015 1:00 PM 74 Harbor seals
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Saturday, March 28, 2015 7:30 AM 30 Harbor seals
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Sunday, March 29, 2015 8:00 AM 30 Harbor seals

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Monday, march 30, 2015 William Floyd High school trip 4 harbor seals hauled out on the rocks and later 10 Harbor seals in the water

Dr. Kopelman (CRESLI) led a trip at Cupsogue today for Ms. D'Ambrosia's marine science and research students from William Floyd High School.  about 2 hours before the students arrived he saw no seals hauled out on the usual sand bar, and much to his surprise, a group of juvenile harbor seals were hauled out on the rocks at the base of the haulout viewing area. In 10 years and over 230 observation periods, this had never been seen before . Needles to say, the seals never hauled out on the sandbar, left the rocks, but remained in the area when the class was there.


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Research 83 Harbor seals

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Monday April 06, 2015 home school group 63 harbor seals and 3 grey seal pup

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Friday April 17, 2015
Pierson Middle High School
75 harbor seals
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Saturday, April 18, 2015 12:00 PM 3 Harbor seals

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 1:00 PM 5 Harbor seals

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 7:00 AM ON AS SCHEDULED
Sunday, April 26, 2015 8:00 AM Full

 

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Pinniped Passes


This season CRESLI is once again offering seal season passes that will allow the holder unlimited seal walks! We are offering three levels: Grey, Harp and Harbor Seal Pinniped Passes.
  • Grey Seal Pinniped Pass ($65) is for a family up to 6 people
  • Harp Seal Pinniped Pass ($50) is for up to 4 people
  • Harbor Seal Pinniped Pass ($30) is for up to two people.
Each pass lasts the whole seal season and can be used an unlimited number of times.
This is an inexpensive and easy way to see Long Island’s seals all season.
All you need to do is go to our website and register. Considering that we have OVER 27 scheduled seal walks and ask each person for $5. This is a REAL bargain!

Pinniped Pass Type

Please note that seal walks for groups of 10-50 (school groups, scouts, etc.) have to be scheduled separately and can be scheduled on dates other than those listed.  Please send an e-mail with your requests, by clicking on this link to Dr. A. Kopelman


 


Click here for maps and directions to the seal walks.


CRESLI seal walks at Cupsogue Beach County Park (at the western end of Dune Road in Westhampton Beach) will depart from area near the fence at the western end of the parking lot.  The walks  are approximately 1.2 miles round trip and take about 1.5-2 hours. Meeting times are 15 minutes prior to departure. These walks are suitable for children.

 

Click here for a map and directions to the seal walk at Cupsogue Beach .


For further information about Long Island's seals, click here.


Click here for images from previous seal walks

Click here to see previous year's sightings reports

Click here for Seal Cruise information


PLEASE! PLEASE!  All of us involved in monitoring the seals  on Long Island would prefer that you view the seals in a supervised naturalist led walk.  If too many people continue to disturb the haul out zone, the seals may abandon it in the future.  REMEMBER, DO NOT COME WITHIN  70 YARDS OF THE HAUL OUT ZONE  WHEN SEALS ARE HAULED OUT and DO NOT GO DOWN TO THE SHORE.   

 

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