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Dr. Arthur H. Kopelman
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Video of about 45 harbor seals hauling out at Cupsogue Beach County Park​ site prior to a seal walk for a home schooling science group. These young students battled wicked winds and saw 103 harbor seals hauled out. Check out the rest of the gallery for photos. Today's seals brought our yearly total at Cupsogue to 1897 seal encounters, and our overall total at Cupsogue to 17,771 seal in 326 trips since 2006. We've got 6 seal walks and 4 seals cruises left for this year. In July we start our whale watch trips out on Montauk (our 23rd year with the Viking Fleet). Go to http://cresli.org for more info.
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We can't continue to let this happen. Wake up. Act Now. Change the paradigms.
Declining oxygen in the global ocean and coastal waters
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First Cupsogue seals of the 2018 season, my 13th year at that site, and my 15,855th seal encounter there in 303 trips since 2006
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Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris borealis) from our 1st 2017 CRESLI/Viking Fleet whale watch on 7/2/17.
Here's my report for the trip
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 Pomarine Jaeger
1 Black Tern
Wow! What a way to start the season! Things started slowly, with little action until we saw the Ocean Sunfish. Shortly thereafter, we began to see large numbers of shearwaters and petrels and we got a lot of repeats of whales just 1.5 miles directly ahead of us. We found 5 fin whales there, spread out over a half a mile, including a mom and calf (our first whales) and 3 others. There was bait on the water from 50-170 feet down. We began to head home and found 3 more fin whales and 1 minke whale. It was an incredible first trip! A perfect day!
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