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.
register for any CRESLI seal walks.
Registration will enable us to contact you regarding changes
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.
The temperature at 8:00 AM was somewhere around 12
degrees Fahrenheit. It was cold, but our stalwart
participants were ready for the cold.
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.
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
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
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
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
Needles to say, the seals never hauled out on the
sandbar, left the rocks, but remained in the area when
the class was there.
There were 117 harbor seals and 3 grey seals seen about
6:30 AM on Sunday April 26, 2015 at the Cupsogue Beach
haulout site when Dr. Kopelman conducted his
photo-identification research. When we returned with our
seal walk group, 70 seals were hauled out until idiotic
low-lifes in a vessel named Silver-Bullet, NY1429-KA,
drove over to the haulout area and began fishing about
20 yards from the seals. This caused the seals to flush
from the sandbar, much to the anger of those gathered to
observe the seals from a distance. These low-life
buffoons refused to back away from the seals, when asked
to do so, and chuckled as they chased the seals away.
They were warned that they would be photographed and
that we would send the photos to federal authorities.
The photos have been sent and we hope these miscreants
get nailed by NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Agents for
marine mammal harassment.
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
Grey Seal Pinniped Pass ($65) is for a family up to
Harp Seal Pinniped Pass ($50) is for up to 4 people
Harbor Seal Pinniped Pass ($30) is for up to two
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
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
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
miles round trip and take about 1.5-2
hours. Meeting times are 15 minutes prior to departure.
These walks are suitable for children.
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