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2017 CRESLI/Viking Fleet whale watching

SUNDAYS JUly 02 - SEPTEMBER 03 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 over 92% sighting success (since July 2013)

  • 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 9:30am and return at 3:30pm
  • The fare for these trips is $75 for adults, $40 for children 5-12y/o, FREE for Children under 5y/o


Whale Watching Sightings


click on links below for detailed reports for each day


click on links below for photo-galleries

Pelagic birds


other biota

8 Fin whales
1 Minke whale

1 Ocean Sunfish
1 Blue Shark
46 Great Shearwaters
80 Cory’s Shearwaters
25 Sooty Shearwaters
120 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
4 Manx Shearwaters
1 South Polar Skua
1 Black Tern

Bird counts thanks to Anthony Collerton
11 Fin whales
500 Short-beaked common dolphins
Photos and Video

1 Ocean Sunfish
1 Loggerhead turtle
300 Great Shearwaters
300 Cory’s Shearwaters
10 Sooty Shearwaters
100 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
1 Manx Shearwaters

Bird counts thanks to Arie Gilbert and Pat Aitken
2 Humpback whales
1 Fin whale
200 bottlenose dolphins (inshore population)

1 Ocean Sunfish
1 hammerhead shark
10 Great Shearwaters
15 Cory’s Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwater
300 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
1 Northern Gannet (immature)
4 Humpback whales


1 Great Shearwaters
20 Cory’s Shearwaters
10 Wilson’s Storm Petrels)
15 Humpback whales
100 inshore bottlenose dolphins


1 Mako shark
5 Cory’s Shearwaters
2 Wilson’s Storm Petrels)
3 Humpback whales


22 Great Shearwaters
76 Cory’s Shearwaters
153 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
Bird counts courtesy of Taylor Sturm and Pete Morris
3 Humpback whales
1 Minke whale


1 Loggerhead turtle
1 Manx Shearwater
5 Great Shearwaters
3 Cory’s Shearwaters
5 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
3 Humpback whales


6 Cory’s Shearwaters
1 Parasitic Jaeger
24 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
3 Red-Necked Phalaropes
2 Black terns
2 Northern Gannets

Bird counts by John Gluth

Humpbadk near the vessel

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Departure: 9:30am
Return: 3:30pm
Fares for 2017
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

Whale Watch reservations (single day trips only)

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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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