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CRESLI 2018-19 Seal Walks


Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach County Park

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

2018-2019 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.

CRESLI 2018-2019

SEAL WALK SIGHTING REPORTS

Best of the 2017-2018 Seal WALK Season

Date
Time
Status
Saturday, November 24, 2018
11:30 AM
2 harbor seals were seen during research monitoring but were unfortunately not seen during the seal walk
Sunday, December 2, 2018
8:00 AM
Canceled due to weather
Saturday, December 8, 2018
11:30 AM
93 harbor seals

Photos
Sunday, December 16, 2018
7:00 AM
Canceled due to weather
Saturday, December 22, 2018
10:30 AM
34 harbor seals

Photos
Sunday, December 23, 2018
11:30 AM
24 harbor seals seen during monitoring. Just before arrival for our walk, the seals were chased off the sandbar by a vessel approaching too closely. Please keep your distance from seals.

Photos
Sunday, December 30, 2018
7:00 AM
120 harbor seals

Photos
Saturday, January 5, 2019
11:00 AM
Canceled due to weather
Saturday, January 19, 2019
10:00 AM
123 harbor seals

Photos
Sunday, January 20, 2019
10:30 AM
Canceled due to weather
Saturday, February 2, 2019
10:00 AM
105 harbor seals

Photos
Sunday, February 3, 2019
10:30 AM
52 seals hauled out early on the sand bar; they were flushed later and about 20 ultimately hauled-out on the near shore rocks

Photos
Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:00 AM
122 harbor seals

Photos
Sunday, February 17, 2019
10:00 AM
118 harbor seals

Photos
Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:00 AM
20 harbor seals

Photos
Sunday, March 3, 2019
9:00 AM
92 harbor seals

Photos
Saturday, March 16, 2019
9:00 AM
91 harbor seals

Photos
Sunday, March 17, 2019
9:00 AM
101 harbor seals

Photos
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 AM
FULL - Please select another date or get on our wait list
Sunday, March 31, 2019
9:00 AM
FULL - Please select another date or get on our wait list
Saturday, April 13, 2019
8:00 AM
Sunday, April 14, 2019
8:00 AM
Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:00 AM
Sunday, April 28, 2019
8:00 AM

SEAL WALK RESERVATIONS
SIGHTING REPORTS FOR PREVIOUS SEAL SEASONS 2001-present

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 25 scheduled seal walks and ask each person for $5. This is a REAL bargain!

Please note that you DO NOT NEED A PAYPAL ACCOUNT to use PayPal, just follow the link for Pay with Debit or Credit Cards under the PayPal login request button.


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 walks.


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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