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

Watching Whales

What to expect and what to bring?

By: Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.


Watching Whales

What might you expect to see? What to bring?

Cetaceans

  • Humpback, Fin, Minke, Right; and Sei Whales,
  • Common, Bottlenose, Atlantic White Sided Dolphins

 Turtles

  • Leatherback, Green, Loggerhead, and Kemp's Ridley Turtles

Fish

  • Ocean Sunfish
  • Blue, Basking, Great White, Hammerhead, Thresher, and Shortfin Mako sharks
  • Bluefin, Albacore, Yellowfin, Bigeye, Atlantic Bonito, False Albacore, and Skipjack Tuna
  • Mahi Mahi
  • White and Blue Marlin, Atlantic Sailfish, Swordfish

Pelagic birds

  • Cory’s, Scopolli's, Great, Sooty, Manx, and Audubon’s Shearwaters;
  • Wilson’s Storm-Petrels;
  • Northern Fulmar; Northern Gannet; Red-necked and Red Phalaropes;
  • Pomarine, and Parasitic Jaegers;
  • Greater Black-backed, Herring, and other Gulls.

 


What should you bring on the whale watch?

  • You will be on a moving vessel, yes it will rock, but we won't go out if conditions don't warrant it (i.e., dense fog, strong winds, severe weather, and seas greater than 7 feet).
    • Be sure to keep your camera away from sea spray, that is, keep it contained until we get near wildlife. Have a towel to wipe off your camera; have lens cloth; protect the front of your lens with a neutral density or UV filter
  • You should be prepared for a variety of weather conditions.
    • Have several layers of warm clothing (particularly early in the season) available; have foul weather gear available.
      • It's always better to be a "MORE-ON" than a "LESS-ON", i.e., you can always take off layers of clothes if you are too warm, but if you are cold, it's hard to add layers that you don't have.
  • Shoes ... strong, sturdy, flat, non-skid, rubber-soled.
  • A hat ... under cold conditions much body heat is lost through your head. During warm weather a hat is needed to protect you from the sun, rain, etc..
  • Sun screen ... that blocks UVa and UVb. VERY IMPORTANT!
  • Sun glasses ... VERY IMPORTANT!
  • Sea-sick medication .... If you are prone to motion sickness, take medication well before coming on board
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • The vessel has a full galley with food and drinks for purchase, but also feel free to bring your own.