Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island

Local Whale Watching 2019

With Viking Fleet of Montauk, NY

By: A. H. Kopelman, Ph.D.

Local Whale Watching 2019

 2019 CRESLI/Viking Fleet whale watching

100% SUCCESS FOR 2017 AND 2018

We are at over 92% sighting success (since July 2013)

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.

  • 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 Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 3, 2019 - August 28, 2019
  • The fare for these trips is $75 for adults, $49 for children 5-12y/o, FREE for Children under 5y/o



CRESLI/Viking Fleet 2019 Whale Watch


Wednesday July 3, 2019

Basking shark, Ocean sunfish, and dolphins!

We started out just where we left off, still finding cetaceans on every trip - ~70 short-beaked common dolphins.
What a gorgeous day to be on the water. While it took sometime before we found interesting animals, we did indeed find all kinds of critters. A small basking shark was our first aquatic vertebrate and the first seen by many of our passengers. Shortly thereafter we found a small ocean sunfish that gave us great views of its swimming and jumping capability. A short while later we found our first aggregation of 
about 30-40 short beaked common dolphins. This group was loaded with lots of, you guessed it, small dolphins. moms with calves and loads of juveniles. 
Many of the adult dolphins were engaged in mating, a rare sight for most people. Perhaps that's why the young ones were all together. Ourt second aggregation of 30 dolphins were similarly "engaged." We also were able to find Wilson's storm petrels, Great shearwaters, Cory's shearwaters, Sooty shearwaters, and Manx shearwaters

70 Short-beaked common dolphins

1 Basking shark
1 Ocean sunfish
25 Wilson's storm petrels
15 Great shearwaters
2 Manx shearwaters
1 Sooty shearwater
1 Cory's shearwater


 Friday, July 5, 2019

A Big Minke Day

Today's Viking Fleet/CRESLI Whale watch started off with a dramatic fog bank that sweep over our boat as we were leaving the Montauk area. The thick fog soon fell away and we progressed through calm seas and sunny blue skies for the rest of the day.

After reaching a point about 12 miles from Montauk point we encountered the first of the Minke whales. They were apparently feeding on the thick schools of small fish below us. The adults and children aboard got many looks at these small baleen whales as they spent time around the boat. We continued along at a leisurely pace and stopped several times as we encountered several small groups that day, for a total of 12 whales seen. 

Many small seabirds, Wilson's Storm Petrels, where dipping into the seas around us for food too. A sharp-eyed passenger also spotted a young Loggerhead sea turtle alongside the boat.

12 Minke whales 
1 Loggerhead sea turtle 
25 Wilson Storm Petrels
1 Great shearwater



Sunday, July 7, 2019

Humpback whales, Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, and ocean sunfish!

What a special day we had – our first humpbacks of the season. The day was sunny, breezy, and chilly enough in the shade to make most of us wear sweatshirts, in other words a welcomed relief from the heat and humidity. We heard reports of whales off the Nappeague stretch, as well as further offshore. The NE winds helped us decide to head westward and we found whales off Ditch Plains. We first encountered a really small humpback, perhaps a calf or yearling. It was busy with searching for food on extremely long submersions. Later a larger humpback appeared and we stayed with it long enough to get excellent fluke shots and see some typical humpback behaviors. As we followed this whale to eastward for several miles, while doing so we had a brief encounter with a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle and an ocean sunfish. A nice day in every way!

2 Humpback whales
1 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle
1 ocean sunfish


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Finback whale! 1st of this season, and another ocean sunfish

We left on a warm afternoon, looking forward to relief from the heat and to find whales. Both were accomplished. As soon as we got past Montauk lighthouse, we felt relief from the stifling heat on land. We had reports of whales inshore around Montauk and Cap’t. Dave saw a whale in the morning right where we had seen one on Sunday. The hazy fog and limited visibility made our task difficult. We eventually decided to head offshore into areas with more visibility.  There we were able to find our 1st fin whale of 2019, a young (no more than 40’ long)  and hungry one.

It was spending 9-13 minutes down feeding at 60-80 feet beneath the surface.  We got great views and stayed with this whale until it was time to head back in.  we came back late, but it was worth it.

1 fin whale
1 ocean sunfish
20 Wilson’s storm petrels
1 Great shearwater
2 Cory's shearwaters




2018 Whale Watching Results




click on links below for photo-galleries

Pelagic birds


other biota

July 1, 2018 ~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
July 8, 2018 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
July 11, 2018 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
July 15, 2018 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
July 18, 2018 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
July 25, 2018 6 humpback whales
Unnamed calf of Photon

~200 Cory’s Shearwaters
~80 Great Shearwaters
~50 Sooty Shearwaters
~20 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
July 29, 2018 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
August 01, 2018 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
August 05, 2018 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
August 08, 2018 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
August 15, 2018 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
August 22, 2018 1 Humpback whale

10 Great shearwaters
2 Cory’s shearwaters
August 26, 2018 2 Humpback whales
2 fin whales
1 minke whale

4 Great shearwaters
12 Cory’s shearwaters
1 Scopoli's Shearwater
August 29, 2018 5 Humpback whales
1 fin whale
6 minke whales

3 Cory’s shearwaters
1 Hammerhead shark
September 2, 2018 1 Humpback whale
1 minke whale

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


 Humpback whale  - Unknown 2018-01