CRESLI whale watch trips are in conjunction with the Viking Fleet in Montauk Harbor, 462 West Lake Drive, Montauk NY, 11954
Join LI's most experienced whale researchers and catch a glimpse of our marine diversity just miles from our shore. Fin, minke, humpback, and right whales; dolphins, porpoises; sea turtles; pelagic birds can be seen. Whale watches take place from June through early September.
CRESLI also offshore incredibly successful offshore overnight trips to the Great South Channel or the Canyons along the edge of the continental shelf to find Fin, minke, humpback, right, sperm, and pilot whales; dolphins, porpoises; sea turtles; and pelagic birds.
The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, was founded in the summer of 1996 by a group of experts in marine mammal science, environmental sciences, education and conservation. CRESLI was formed for the purposes of conducting research, providing educational experiences and promoting conservation of coastal ecosystems. Research and education are inextricably linked in all CRESLI activities. As such, CRESLI actively seeks cooperative alliances with researchers, educational institutions, and the participation of the public. Our pinniped and cetacean research projects, for example, utilize public whale watch cruises and seal walks as platforms for collecting data and educating the public at the same time.
- To stimulate public interest in and to encourage conservation of coastal ecosystems through education programs for schools and public and private organizations.
- To foster a lifelong appreciation of and sense of stewardship towards coastal ecosystems through our programs, outreach activities and membership.
- To conduct research that will enable greater understanding of coastal ecosystems and to disseminate this information through scientific publications and conferences and meetings.
- To provide research and educational opportunities to students wishing to pursue educational interests or careers in coastal studies. To support marine mammal and sea turtle stranding programs which respond to stranded marine mammals and turtles with the goal of rehabilitating these animals for release back to the wild.
- To be a regional, national and international resource on marine mammal, sea turtle and pelagic bird species and their environments for researchers, educators and policy makers.
FIN WHALE STUDIES: Long term photo-identification for population, distribution and behavioral studies. Data are shared with the Fin Whale Consortium, a consortium of researchers analyzing Fin whale populations in the Northern Atlantic. GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL
HUMPBACK WHALE STUDIES: Long term photo-identification for population, distribution and behavioral studies of humpback whales in the Great South Channel. Data are shared with the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalogue, and the Gulf of Maine Humpback Group, a consortium of researchers analyzing humpback whale populations in the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere in the North Atlantic.
HARBOR SEAL STUDIES: Long term photo-identification of harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach and elsewhere for population, distribution studies.
(All Images Copyright A. H. Kopelman for CRESLI)