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CRESLI 2016-17 Seal Walks


 

    Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach County Park  

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016-17 CRESLI SEAL SEASON

  at Cupsogue Beach County Park

 

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) 319-6003 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.

SEAL WALK RESERVATIONS


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.  

2016-17

CRESLI Seal Walk Schedule

AND SIGHTING REPORTS

SEAL WALK RESERVATIONS

Date Time Status
Sunday, November 27, 2016 10:15 canceled due to unforseen circumstances
Saturday, December 10, 2016 8:30 84 harbor seals

Photos
Sunday, December 11, 2016 9:30 90 harbor seals and 1 grey seal during reseach walk prior to public walk

The seals were flushed from the haul-out by a boat before we were able to return.

30 harbor seals were hauled out for the seal walk

Photos
 Video
Saturday, December 24, 2016 8:30 CANCELED DUE TO STORM
Sunday, December 25, 2016 9:00 55 harbor seals during reseach walk prior to public walK

90 harbor seals were hauled out for the public seal walk

Photos
Saturday, January 07, 2017 7:30 43 harbor seals were seen (33 hauled out and 10 swimming) during the seal walk

Photos
Sunday, January 08, 2017 8:00 canceled due to storm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:30 114 harbor seals were seen

Photos
Sunday, January 22, 2017 8:00 CANCELED DUE TO DENSE FOG
Saturday, January 28, 2017 12:00   21 harbor seals

Photos
Sunday, January 29, 2017 1:00 70 harbor seals

Photos and Video
Saturday, February 11, 2017 12:00 107 harbor seals

Photos
Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:00 FULLY BOOKED PLEASE SELECT ANOTHER DATE OR GET ON OUR
 WAIT-LIST
Sunday, February 26, 2017 12:00 FULLY BOOKED PLEASE SELECT ANOTHER DATE OR GET ON OUR
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Saturday, March 11, 2017 11:00 FULLY BOOKED PLEASE SELECT ANOTHER DATE OR GET ON OUR
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Sunday, March 12, 2017 12:00 FULLY BOOKED PLEASE SELECT ANOTHER DATE OR GET ON OUR
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Sunday, March 26, 2017 11:30 FULLY BOOKED PLEASE SELECT ANOTHER DATE OR GET ON OUR
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Saturday, April 08, 2017 10:30 FULLY BOOKED PLEASE SELECT ANOTHER DATE OR GET ON OUR
 WAIT-LIST
Sunday, April 09, 2017 11:30 available
Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:15 available
Sunday, April 23, 2017 10:15 available
Saturday, May 06, 2017 9:15 available
Sunday, May 07, 2017 10:15 available

SIGHTING REPORTS FOR PREVIOUS SEAL SEASONS 2001-2016

Pinniped Passes

recommended but NOT REQUIRED


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 might be able to 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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