August 20, 2017
We found whales again! Whales and a turtle. Shortly after passing the Lighthouse we found our first whale, a young humpback that we hadn’t seen before. It stayed near us feeding for some time, totally ignoring our presence. It breached once surprising everyone pleasantly.
After a while we left to find others. Our second whale was seen from a mile away breaching and flipper slapping. This one was also new to us. It stopped breaching and began logging (a resting behavior) for quite some time. We eventually left to look for others offshore. Before we left we found a loggerhead turtle.
Around 2pm we headed back to the earlier area and found a third humpback also new, and older/larger than the rest. While with this humpback, a Minke whale surfaced. It was time to leave, but what a great trip!
TOTALS: 3 HUMPBACK WHALES 1 MINKE WHALE 1 LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE 1 MANX SHEARWATER 5 GREAT SHEARWATERS 3 CORY’S SHEARWATERS 5 WILSON’S STORM PETRELS
We sail every Sunday, weather permitting, until September 3, 2017, leaving the Viking Landing at 9:30 AM and returning at 3:30 PM. Go to the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) website for information, reports, links for reservations and more.