Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Inc.

PO Box 54, West Sayville, NY 11796

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2019 CRESLI/Viking Fleet whale watching

Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

JUly 03 - AUGUST 28

depart the dock at 2:00 PM and return at 7:00 PM

fin whales SSE of Montauk Point, July 2014

Join the crew with over 30 years of whale watching experience. Come away with geat memories, great photos and videos, and an education about whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and marine life that is second-to-none.

We are at 100% sighting success (since July 2017)

  • since 7/7/13 through 9/2/18 we found cetaceans on 62 out of 65 trips (95.4% success).

  • We've had 100% success since July 2017 (23 connsecutive trips)!

  • Since 2009 we have had 92.37% success rate in finding cetcaceans (121 out of 131)

  • The Viking Fleet and CRESLI are offering special family friendly marine cruises focusing on the sights of the ocean! Enjoy a day on the water with your family looking for whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sea birds and sunfish. Along the way you can view the Montauk lighthouse and all the landmarks of the east end.

  • A qualified naturalist / marine biologist will narrate the tour and answer all of your questions!

  • The Viking boats are equipped with clean restrooms, comfortable seating and full galleys onboard. We recommend reservations. You can either do so by phone (631-668-5700) or

  • The trips will depart the dock at 2:00 PM and return at 7:00 PM

  • The fare for these trips is $75 for adults, $49 for children 5-12y/o, FREE for Children under 5y/o


Whale Watching Sightings

Make Reservations (Highly Recommended)


click on links below for detailed reports for each day


click on links below for photo-galleries

Pelagic birds


other biota

~100 short-beaked common dolphins
1 Minke Whale
1 humpback whale

8-10 Great Shearwaters
15-20 Cory’s Shearwaters
-10 Sooty Shearwaters
25-30 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
10 Manx Shearwaters
1 minke whale
1 humpback whale
1 finback whale
60 short-beaked common dolphins

98 Cory's Shearwater
53 Great Shearwater
14 Sooty Shearwater
4 Manx Shearwater
148 Wilson's Storm-Petrel
1 Northern Gannet
8 Double-crested Cormorant
7 Laughing Gull
130 Herring Gull
121 Great Black-backed Gull
Bird totals thanks to Taylor Sturm
3 minke whales
1 finback whale

~65 Wilson's Storm-Petrels
~60 Cory's Shearwaters
several Scopoli's Shearwaters
~30 Great Shearwaters
4 Sooty Shearwaters
1 Manx Shearwater
18-20 Humpback whales whales
8 Finback whales

~100 Wilson's Storm-Petrels
~150 Cory's Shearwaters
~80 Great Shearwaters
~30 Sooty Shearwaters
2 Manx Shearwater
15-20 humpback whales
4 finback whales
2 minke whales

In our last 2 trips we've photographed 19 different humpbacks including:


>100 Sooty shearwaters
>100 Cory’s shearwaters
>100 Great shearwaters
6 humpback whales
Unnamed calf of Photon


~200 Cory’s Shearwaters
~80 Great Shearwaters
~50 Sooty Shearwaters
~20 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
5 finback whale
5 humpback whales
2 minke whales
150 short-beaked common dolphins

125 Cory’s Shearwaters
40 Great Shearwaters
5 Sooty Shearwaters
4 Manx shearwaters
7 Parasitic jaegers
1 immature Northern gannet
2 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
2 finback whale
3 humpback whales
4 minke whales
150 bottlenose dolphins
100 short-beaked common dolphins

75 Cory’s shearwaters
25 Great shearwaters
2 Manx shearwaters
1 Parasitic jaeger
5 finback whale
2 minke whales

16 Cory’s Shearwater
27 Great Shearwater
1 Sooty Shearwater
12 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Parasitic Jaeger
11 Laughing Gull
42 Herring Gull
25 Great Black-backed Gull
7 Least Tern
122 Common Tern
5 Royal Tern
1 Fish Crow
Bird Count via Arie Gilbert
7 humpback whales
1 finback whale

1 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle
35 Cory’s shearwaters
5 Great shearwaters
1 Sooty shearwater
1 Manx shearwater
1 Parasitic jaeger
10 Semipalmated plovers
5 Finback whales
1 Minke whale
1 Humpback whale
15 Great shearwaters
5 Cory’s shearwaters
2 Sooty shearwaters
1 Manx shearwater
1 Wilson's storm petrel
1 Humpback whale

10 Great shearwaters
2 Cory’s shearwaters
2 Humpback whales
2 fin whales
1 minke whale

4 Great shearwaters
12 Cory’s shearwaters
1 Scopoli's Shearwater
5 Humpback whales
1 fin whale
6 minke whales

3 Cory’s shearwaters
1 Hammerhead shark
1 Humpback whale
1 minke whale

8 Cory’s shearwaters
2 Scopoli’s shearwaters
1 hammerhead shark

Humpbadk near the vessel

Departure: 2:00 pm
Return: 7:00 pm
Fares for 2018

Adults: $75
Children: (5 - 12 years): $49

Make Reservations (Highly Recommended)

Things you might want to bring on a whale watch

All sighting reports and photographs

interactive map and directions to the Viking Landing in Montauk Harbor.

How can you help CRESLI?

While on board the whale watch, talk to the CRESLI biologists and volunteers about how you can help support CRESLI. You'll see a donation bucket, feel free to fill it with you fully tax-deductible donation.

To get an idea of the organisms that you might encounter, click here to visit CRESLI's checklist.

For information about what to bring, click here

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