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
87-95 harbor seals hauled out
at Cupsogue between 7:45 - 8:20 AM.
CRESLI volunteers in the area reported to us that a duck hunting group brought their
vessel near the haul-out and flushed the seals.
Once again our seal walk participants were
only able to see about 17 seals swimming in the arEA. We at CRESLI would like to
get the word out to boaters near Moriches Inlet to leave the
resting seals alone
just began to haul out in small numbers. colleagues who
remained on site (Merry Camhi and Keith Ellenbogen)
observed 10 haul out only to be harassed by an airplane
circling above them repeatedly, and were finally flushed
from the haul-out just before we arrived again. We have
photographed the tail #'s on this aircraft and will be
reporting it as well to NOAA Fisheries agents.
My guess us that it's the same pilot as he helicopter
doing the same thing earlier.
returned after 12:45 PM
observed 10-12 harbor seals swimming
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. We
will send you a laminated card that you will need to bring
to each seal walk for which you have made a reservation.
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