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Viking/CRE?SLI 2014 Great South Channel whale and pelagic bird trip

2014 Great South Channel trip – August 10-12, 2014.  Same price as last year. Reservations are required and can be made as of at


The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island is a non-profit research and education organization.  Our mission is:  “To promote and foster understanding and stewardship of coastal ecosystems through research and education .”  Part of our work is to observe and document the whale and sea bird populations of NY and New England and to take people to see these animals in the wild.  Since 2002 we have been offering  incredible and successful multi-day offshore pelagic bird and whale observation trips.


Our trips have been 100% successful and we have encountered thousands of pelagic birds over the years .  We’ve also encountered fin, minke, sei, and right whales;  common, white-sided, dolphins, pilot whales


We are planning  one trip to the Great South Chanel in August 10-12, 2014 (51 hours).   The vessel is the 140’ Viking Starship that can sleep up to 65 passengers in navy style bunks. Excellent food will be available at reasonable prices. Passengers may bring their own food as well. The trips will be led by a seasoned marine mammal biologist and professor. Volunteers from CRESLI will assist in photo-identification spotting and data collection.



(1)    Our August trip will leave at 6:30 PM on August 10, 2014 and head to Martha’s Vineyard (MV) to pick up (and drop off) passengers.  We expect to arrive at Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard at approximately 12:30 AM on 8/12; we leave MV at 1:00 AM and proceed to the GSC.  We should reach the whale grounds around day break, spend the next 24 hours amongst the whales and birds of the GSC.  The following morning, we will have the option of either remaining on the whale grounds, or returning early to Martha’s Vineyard for land-based birding, hiking, or other activities.  The vessel will ultimately depart Martha’s Vineyard at 4:30 PM on 8/13 and return to Montauk at 10:30 PM on 8/13/13.

1.       Cost = $275 for CRESLI members; $300 for non-members

2.       Children  6 – 12 are half price

3.       Under 6 are free


We at CRESLI hope that you will join us on our trips.  Remember that members do get discounted fares. Go to  for info and reservation links. Reservations can be made  at


Expectations:·         Cetaceans: Humpback, Fin, Minke, Right; Sei, and Pilot whales; Common, Bottlenose, Atlantic White Sided and Risso’s Dolphins; Leatherback, Green and Loggerhead Turtles; Basking, Great White, Hammerhead, and Blue Sharks; Bluefin, Yellowfin, and Bigeye Tuna; White Marlin; Ocean Sunfish; Portuguese Man-of-War; and other marine life.


Birds: Cory’s, Greater, Sooty, Manx, and Audubon’s Shearwaters; Wilson’s and Leach’s Storm-Petrels; Northern Fulmar; Northern Gannet; Red-necked and Red Phalaropes; Pomarine, and Parasitic Jaegers; South Polar Skua; Greater Black-backed, Herring, Bonaparte’s Gulls.