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Thursday, September 29, 2016
2016 Viking Fleet Whale Watching

Thank you to all our wonderful customers who joined us for our Whale Watching trips this 2016 year. We had a great season. Check back with us next year for our 2017 schedule!

2016 Whale Watching
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2016 Whale Watching Sighting Reports

Sunday August 28, 2016
Breach Whales & Dolphins! Oh and Sea Turtles
We found our first whale - a young humpback very shortly after we passed Montauk Point. A few inshore bottlenose dolphins joined this young humpback. We eventually headed further out and found a minke whale. We headed back closser to shore and found a green sea turtle on the way. Then near our first whale area we found more. Another two humpbacks. One was a subadult, the other a juvenile. The last humpback was breaching, flipper slapping, than slapping for nearly 40 minutes - a wonderful show and a nice way to end the trip.

-1 minke whale
-6 to 10 iNSHORE BOTTLENOSE dolphins
-3 wilson's storm petrEls
-2 cory's shearwaters
-1 great shearwaters

Sunday August 21, 2016
Long trip but no whales. We headed out and covered over 50 nautical miles but had no luck finding whales or dolphins. Even the balls of krill near Montauk Point had nothing feeding on them. We will try again next week.


-46 wilson's storm petrels
-3 cory's shearwaters
-1 great shearwaters
-7 Red Necked phalaropes
-5 other phalaropes

Sunday August 14, 2016

It was a long hot trip, cooler than on land, but hot none the less! We covered over 52 miles, searching inshore and several offshore feeding areas looking for the whales that had been reported 2 days ago in our usual spots. No luck. No whales, no dolphins, no turtles, a few birds and a few sharks.


-5 wilson's storm petrels
-2 cory's shearwaters
-500 great shearwaters
-2 Blue Sharks

Sunday August 7, 2016

Everywhere we went we found whales!
3 Humpbacks, 2 Fin Whales, 1 Minke.
The humpbacks were close in, near the shore, one on the way out and two on the way in. We also found a new mother/calf fin whale out where we had seen them before. Not may whales, but a nice variety of species.

-2 Fin Whales
-1 minke whales
-3 humpback Whales 
-50 wilson's storm petrels
-100 cory's shearwaters
-500 great shearwaters
-5 sooty shearwaters

Sunday July 31, 2016
Utterly Spectacular day again!
We could hear a young child at the bow say "this was the most spectular day of my life". It was a trip to remember. Not just the 12 fin whales, 2 minkes and 40 common dolphins, but one of the 3 cow/calf fin whale pairs put on an amazing "show". They lunge fed and rolled over onto their sides, or upside down over and over again for about 30 minutes. Something that our seasoned (almost 30 years) naturalist (Dr. Artie Kopelman) had never seen before. Wow! Wait! As I write we found a humpback! This is a new humpback for us this year (our 2nd). What an amazing, spectacular, outrageously productive day.

-12 Fin Whales
-2 minke whales
-1 humpback
-40 short-beaked common dolphins 
-35 wilson's storm petrels
-15 cory's shearwaters
-3 great shearwaters
-2 sooty shearwaters
-1 northern gannet

Sunday July 24, 2016
Another Multispecies Day! Humpback & Fin Whales
We started the trip with reports of a humpback near the lighthouse. We found it, a young humpback that had been seen and photographed by Dr. Artie Kopelman in NY Harbor in early July. Later we headed to where we'd seen fin whales previously this year. This time we found them a little closer in. Again mom and calf (2 Pairs) and three other fin whales. On our way back we found the humpback once more near the lighthouse. As we left it breached behind us.

-7 Fin BACK whales
-70 Cory's Shearwaters
-10 Wilson's Storm Petrels  

Sunday July 17, 2016
Another Banner Day! Whales & Dolphins
We started in fog, but had reports of whales and knew (hoped?) the fog would lift. The fog lifted and whales were found. 8 fin whales were photographed along with a quick view of a minke. The whales were spread over a 2 mile radius. 4 mom/calf pairs of fin whales were great to see. On our way back 120 common dolphins.

-8 Fin whales
-1 Minke whale  
-120 Short-beaked common dolphins
-12 Cory's Shearwaters
-14 Wilson's Storm Petrels  
-1 Manx shearwater  
-2 Blue sharks

Sunday July 10, 2016

SPECTACULAR TRIP!! 2 species of whales and 2 species of dolphins
Today's trip couldn't have been better! We found a leatherback and bottlenose dolphins (60) shortly after passing Montauk Light. Before 11:30am we found our fin whales. We spent time with 5 fin whales (1 singleton & 2 mother/calf pairs). There were 2 minkes and 3 other fin whales in the area. Great views of 5 fin whales were had. As we headed home, we found an aggregation of 120 short-beaked common dolphins. They swam to us and around us, rode our bow, vocalized and gave us a great chance to watch them. Also, tons of birds (see below).

-8 Fin whales
-2 Minke whales
-60 Inshore bottlenose dolphins  
-120 Short-beaked common dolphins
-3 Manx Shearwaters
-6 Great Shearwaters
-13 Cory's Shearwaters
-177 Wilson's Storm Petrels  
-1 Sooty shearwater
-1 Leatherback Turtle  
-11 Short billed dowitchers

Sunday July 3, 2016
July 3,2016
It was a beautiful day on the water with some birds, a loggerhead turtle, but no whales or dolphins.

-8 manx shearwater's
-2 great shearwater's
-10 cory's shearwater's
-20 Wilson's storm petrels
-1 loggerhead turtle
-1 ocean sunfish.


2015 Whale Watch Sighting Reports

Sunday Sept 6, 2015

Dolphin's! Humpback whales and more!
We are proud to say we've had a 100% success rate for our 2015 Whale Watching season! 
Our season ended like it began with whales and dolphins! We started out with 100 inshore bottlenose dolphins and we stayed with them for an hour and got some great views. Then off we went to find more- we found a leatherback turtle, then we headed back towards the lighthouse and we found 2 humpback whales! WOW! Thank you to all the great customers and amazing crew from Cresli and the Viking Fleet! We had an AMAZING season!

-100 bottlenose dolphins
-2 humpback whales
-1 leatherback turtle
-10 great shearwaters
-5 cory's shearwaters
-5 phalaropes
-1 northern gannet

Sunday Aug 30, 2015

We did it again! This time a young humpback whale. Our first of 2015!
It took longer than usual and a different search pattern, but we found a whale. This was a young humpback that surprised us by breaching right in front of us when we were a 1/2 mile away. It breached a few more times before settling down. It was logging and feeding and would fluke occasionally.

1 Humpback Whale - young, perhaps a calf
4 Northern Gannets
1 Cory's Shearwater
5 Red Necked Phalaropes

Sunday Aug 23, 2015

HOLY S***!
If ever there was a HOLY S*** day on the Viking Fleet/Cresli  whale watch, today was it. Epic, historic and amazing. We began with 100 bottlenose dolphins near the lighthouse, and ended with  2 North Atlantic Right Whales within 5 miles of the point. In nearly 20 years, we've never had right whales on one of our trips. This was special. We had to stay at least 500 yards away at all times, be we got great views and pictures!

100 Inshore Bottlenose Dolphins
2 North Atlantic Right Whales
50 Wilson's Storms Petrels
25 Cory's Shearwaters
10 Great Shearwaters

Sunday Aug 16, 2015

Found Whales Again!
It took about an hour longer than usual, but we found a 50-60' fin whale. We stayed with it for over an hour as it moved, dove, surfaced, blew, fed and pooped. We got beautiful of the whale from both sides before we left.

1   Fin Whale
15 Great Shearwaters
5   Cory's Shearwaters
15 Wilson's Storm Petrels
12 Phalaropes (unknown species)

Sunday Aug 9, 2015

It was a wild ride, but we found a fin whale. It was a small one, about 45-50 long and we were able to spend an hour and a half with it. We all got good views of the whale, even though it was spending 10 minutes on a dive. A wild ride, but well worth it.

1 Fin whale
50 great shearwaters
10 cory's shearwaters
50 wilson storm petrels

Sunday Aug 2, 2015

We found them again! Whales and Dolphins!
What a perfect day to look for whales- perfect visibility and clean crisp skies! We found our first whale about 1 and a half hours after leaving the dock. It was a fin whale logging at the surface. Shortly after we found our first of 2 pairs of fin whales. The whales spent a long time down, but gave us great views when they came back up. While checking on the whales, a group of common dolphins followed us for a while. a seventh fin whale blew in the distant, but we couldn't find it.

7 Fin whales
1 Minke whale
20  Short -beaked common dolphins
30 Great shearwaters
20 Cory's shearwaters|
50 Wilson's storm petrels

Sunday July 26, 2015

OH MY! What an AMAZING day! surrounded by whales and dolphins for 4 hours!
It was a spectacular day. Our first whales were just 9 miles from Montauk Point! These were the first of 18 whales- we found 16 fin whales and 2 minke whales and about 60 common dolphins in a 4 mile diameter. There were lots of mother/ calf pairs of fin whales, some trios as well. Sadly, two of the whales had propeller scars. We also found a loggerhead sea turtle on our way back in. It doesn't get much better than this!!

16 fin whales
2 minke whales
60 short- beaked common dolphins
75 Wilson's storm petrels
12 great shearwaters
50 cory's shearwaters
2 phalaropes (unknown species)
1 loggerhead sea turtle

Sunday July 19, 2015

Whales & Dolphins!
It took awhile to get out of the fog - several hours in fact, but we did and we found an aggregation of about 100-120 short-beaked common dolphins and 1 fin whale shortly thereafter. We had headed east to where whales and dolphins had been seen yesterday - 24 miles from the point, but the fog was everywhere. Eventually, we headed back towards where we had seen whales last week. When we got there, the fog lifted and we found them. The dolphins included many young ones and some newly born. The 60 foot long fin whale was a new one for this year. A long but great trip!

100-120 Common Dolphins
1 Fin Whale
10 Wilson's Storm Petrels
45 Cory's Shearwater's
5 Great Shearwater's
20 Common Terns
20 Forster's Terns
1 Roseatte Tern (near jetty).

Sunday July 12, 2015

An hour and a half after leaving the dock, we found our first of 10 fin whales! The whales were spread out over a 4 mile diameter area. Both single individuals and pairs. Some of the whales were feeding near the surface, others were feeding on the prey at the sea floor. It was an amazing day that included at least one whale that has been seen in previous years.

10 fin whales
200 cory's shearwaters
100 great shearwaters
1 manx shearwater

Sunday July 5, 2015

Whales, sharks, man-o-wars and sunfish. What a great way to start the 2015 season. We found an amazingly cooperative minke whale, who provided great views and photographs while it logged near the surface. A few miles away from the minke we found a large fin whale (over 70 feet long). This whale was feeding near the bottom and would provide us with great views as it surfaced and rolled to close its mouth. It was a fin whale with distinctive propeller scars and was seen by us last year. We also saw a variety of pelagic birds today including Wilson's Storm Petrels, Great Shearwater's, Cory's Shearwater's, Manx Shearwater's and some sort of phallarope's and a gannet. We saw two hammerhead sharks and one ocean sunfish as well.


-1 Fin Whale
-1 Minke Whale
-2 Hammerhead Sharks
-1 Ocean Sunfish
-40 Wilson's Storm Petrels
-10 Great Shearwater's,
-10 Cory's Shearwater's
-2 Manx Shearwater's
-1 Northern Gannet.

2014 Whale Watch Sighting Reports

Monday September 1, 2014

Well it was bound to happen- for the first time in 21 trips (2 years), we saw no cetaceans. We covered many miles, but saw very little, just a few pelagic birds and lots of water. We looked, but we were unsuccessful. Next year we will start again.

Since 2009, we've had an overall success rate of 85%. Since 2013- 95%!! Still very impressive!

Wednesday August 27, 2014


Our Wednesday Whale watching trip was a HUGE and I mean HUGE success!!! 

 We departed Montauk and travelled 20 miles offshore.  Immediately about 2000 feet off the lighthouse we spotted juvenile false albacore tuna leaping on bait.

Once we got further offshore, into the remnants of the warm-core eddies of the Gulf Stream, it didn't take long to see our first blow.  As we got closer we found two massive adult Finback Whales and one juvenile.  We rode along side as they moved east for a good 30 minutes observing what looked like two animals that were as long as the Starship itself!! The whales were lit up in the blue water and the picture opportunity was just outstanding.

On the ride home we briefly saw a Mola mola and some more bird life


3 Fin Whales

10 Cory's Shearwaters

14 Great Shearwaters

6 Wilson's Storm Petrels

1 Mola mola,

several flying fish

Sunday August 24th
What an amazing trip! 12 Fin whales and 3 Minke whales!

It took a while to get to the whale grounds, but it was well worth the wait! Fin whales and minkes were everywhere. We saw individual fin whales, pairs and trios all feeding (along with minkes) on massive quantities of prey. The fin whales were very active engaged in surface lunges, rolling over and circle feeding. At points, we were surrounded by whales. As we headed home, we encountered one more pair of fin whales. One of the pair dove and lifted fluke- a barrier rarely seen and we were lucky enough to see and photograph it!
12 Fin Whales
3 Minke Whales
20 cory's shearwaters
3 great shearwaters
5 wilson's storm petrels

Wednesday August 20th

Another Spectacular Day!
Fin whales, Minke whales, Leartherback sea turtles and Common Dolphins. We started in fog but it cleared as we approached Montauk Lighthouse. We headed east towards where whales had been spotted yesterday. On the way we found 2 groups of common dolphins, one with 10 individuals , the other with 15. We also found three leatherback turtles on  the way to the whales. We found two fin whales a mom and calf pair. The mom was a whale we had seen earlier identified by the propeller scars in her back & her notched dorsal fin . These whales provided us with great looks & data. We eventually left them to see a massive aggregation  of about 120 common dolphins.

2 Fin Whales
2 Minke Whales
145 Common Dolphins
3 Leatherback  Sea Turtles
5 Wilson Storm Petrels
3 Cory Shearwaters
1 Manx Shearwaters

Sunday August 17th

8 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 40 Common Dolphins!

Today we had reports of fin whales far to the east and others closer to the west and south. We headed south and found a group of about 10 short-beaked common dolphins just after 11am. We stayed with them for a while and left in search of larger cetaceans. It took a few more hours but we eventually found the fin whales- first one, then a pair, then more and more until we encountered 8 fin whales and 1 minke whale. There was lots of food in the waters, hence the whales were busy feeding, as were a group of about 10-12 common dolphins. A long day, but successful! We are still at 100% success!
-8 fin whales
-1 minke whale
-20 short-beaked common dolphins
-1 unidentified sea turtle
-80 cory's shearwaters
-5 great shearwaters
-Parasitic jaeger
-2 wilson's storm pertrals

Sunday August 10th

YES!!! MORE WHALES!!! 3 Fin Whales and more!

We headed east towards where we had seen whales on Wednesday and where colleagues had seen whales yesterday. As we headed a little over half way there we saw our first blows. A small fin whale was ahead of us- then a larger fin whale blow behind us! This was a mother/ calf pair. They eventually joined each other and surfaced nears us when a third fin whale joined the pair. The 3 whales stayed together briefly then separated. We were able to spend time with each of the 3 whales. As we headed back we encountered a hammerhead shark that gave us great views. It had a hook in its mouth, either it had been caught and released or broke free. In any event, it seemed to be doing okay.

3 Fin Whales
1 Hammerhead shark
1 Ocean Sunfish
10 Wilsons storm Petrels
50 Corys shearwaters 

Wednesday August 6th
We did it again-WHALES

We started the day finding a very Elusive Minke Whale- a real ''Stinky'' Minke that dove and disappeared as we approached. We continued to search and were rewarded by finding a large fin whale south & east of Block Island. This whale provided us with great opportunities to see both right & left side, as well as its head.The fin whale was one we saw last year for several weeks first SE of Montauk. This year it was done again.
1 Minke Whale
1 Fin  Whale
30 Wilson's Storm Petrels
7 Cory's Shearwaters
6 Redneck Phalaropes

Sunday August 3rd

Humpback!! Still at 100%!!

We decide to head west and then south towards some reported sightings. On our way west, we saw a few blows off about 2 miles away. As we turned toward the whale, we saw it do a full body breach- a beautiful sight! We stayed with that whale for some time. It was busy feeding at the bottom, with 5-7 minute down times. It kicked just a few times, but gave us some nice views anyway. After a while we decided to move on search for others. The ride was fun, kids were having a ball on the rolls and dips. All was fine, until the rain, which kept getting stronger as we searched. No more whales, but lots of happy and wet passengers.
1 Humpback whale
40 Wilson's storm petrels
12 cory's shearwaters
2 great sherwater
1 shark (unknown species)

Wednesday July 30th

Bottlenose Dolphins, Loggerhead, Leatherback, Ocean Sunfish & More

Our 100% Success at finding Cetaceans we found inshore bottlenose dolphins shortly after passing the Lighthouse. A group of 10, then those 10 joined with 20 others. The group included lots of young dolphins swimming with their moms. We headed out further and found a young loggerhead sea turtle, Later we found a hammerhead shark & Mola mola ( Ocean Sunfish), and a small leatherback passed by us. We found no Baleen whales, but had a good trip none the less. WOW! We found another leatherback near the lighthouse and got great views of it feeding on jellyfish.
30 Inshore bottle nose dolphins
2 Leather backturtle
1 Loggerhead seaturtle
1 Hammerhead shark
1 Ocean Sunfish
120 Wilson's storms petrels
50 Greater Shearwaters
10 Corey's Shearwaters

Sunday July 20

Fin whales, minke whales, bottlenose dolphins & ocean sunfish! The day started with about 150 bottlenose dolphins just outside jetty and over towards shagwong. We went offshore to find whales where they were being reported. Our first whales were mother/calf pairs of fin whales, then a minke, then we started seeing blows everywhere!There were whales in every direction. We eventually were able to get up and photograph 15 fin whales including 4 calfs with their moms. 2 minke whales, and we also saw an ocean sunfish just before the rain got heavy. What an AMAZING trip!
15 fin whales
2 minke whales
150 inshore bottlenose dolphins
1 ocean sunfish
100 wilson's storm petrels
15 cory's shearwater's

Sunday July 6

We found them again! Minke Whales, Fin Whales & offshore Bottle Nose Dolphin!!
It was another amazing trip and a continuation of our phenomenal 100% sighting success since last year! We found "the mother load" of whales about 18 nautical miles from the point. Our first whale was a beautiful minke whale, followed shortly thereafter by a mother/calf pair of fin whales. While observing these, we saw blows all around us- perhaps a total of 12 fin whales. We spent time with the pair, then headed to another fin whale followed the pair to form a trio. We then spent time with another cow/calf pair for a bit. During our movements to observe the whales, we were surprised by a pod of offshore bottlenose dolphins (20). They rode our bow, took off and returned time and again to the delight of everyone on board.
12 Fin Whales
20 offshore Bottlenose dolphins
50 Wilson's Storm Petrals
40 Great Shearwaters
5 Corey's Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwater
100+ Common terns

Sunday June 29- First trip of the season!!!

The whales are here! Fin whales, humpback whales and dolphins! What a way to start the season!
We started with a sad sight of a dead leatherback turtle and hundreds of wilson's storm petrels feeding on the decaying carcasses. It was shortly after that we saw our first group of 20 short beaked common dolphins as we headed towards where we were hearing reports of whales. Soon we saw another group of about 30 common dolphins, then a large group of about 120 of them. WOW!
Later we saw our first whale blows. Two fin whales kept us busy for quite some time. Our third fin whale showed up as we were trying to leave and head back. Eventually we had to leave, but on the way back we passed two more fin whales and one humpback whale. They were two far away to head towards, but were seen none the less.
Here are the totals for our first trip of the 2014 season:
5 Fin whales
1 Humpback
170 Short beaked common dolphins
300 Wilson's storm petrels
200 Great shearwaters
20 Cory's shearwaters
1 Sooty shearwater

2013 Whale Watch Sighting Reports

2013 Whale Watching Gallery- CLICK HERE

Sunday Sept 1

Humpback Whale!
It wasn't until we were on our way back that we saw it, a tail throwing young humpback. Over and over again this whale would throw its tail producing massive splashes. We were able to see it well, as it splashed, surfaced, dove and tail breached. An excellent finish to our 2013 season. Our first 100% successful season in the 17 years of CRESLI-Viking Fleet whale watches. Next year let's hope we can do it again!

1 Humpback Whale
10 Cory's Shearwaters
1 Greater Shearwater
3 Mature Northern Gannets

Sunday Aug 25
We took awhile to find them, but we did. About 120 short beaked common dolphins. This large aggregation broke up into smaller groups and periodically would return. Amidst the smaller groups we found many dolphins involved in courtship and attempted mating. Single females being chases by 5-7 males at a time. We also saw quite a few young swimming with moms, and loads of juveniles.

120 Short Beaked Common Dolphins
25 Great Shearwaters
35 Cory's Shearwaters
2 Red Necked Phalaropes
5 Wilson's Storm Petrels
1 Leatherback Turtles

Sunday Aug 18

Our success continues, still at 100% cetacean sighting success. Today's trip took us eastward and led us to a leatherback turtle before finding a pod of 20 common dolphins including some very young ones. We found another large group about 30 minutes later. This second group was an aggregation of about 100 individuals. They were very active with even more young ones.

120 Common Dolphins
1 Leatherback Turtle
75 Cory's Shearwaters
15 Great Shearwaters
2 Sooty Shearwaters
1 Immature Northern Gannet

Wed Aug 13 2013
In the Great South Channel

Monday, August 12, 2013:
Our 13th trip to the Great South Channel in the past 12 years was definitely not an unlucky one.  In fact, it was one of the best of all time. Our 1st morning, with nearly flat seas and unlimited visibility made finding the whales as easy as waiting for the sun to rise.  We began to see blows off in the distance, 20-30 blows at a time on the port side, and just as many on the starboard of the bow, forming what is best described as the “picket-fence” effect. Whales were everywhere.  Our first area gave us easily 75 whales and we able to get close and photograph scores of humpbacks, minkes, and a few fin whales. By 10 AM some had taken over 1000 photos.  We heard of a group of 50 whales north of us and we headed there and found them.

We stayed with the second group through late afternoon and were treated the amazing sights of sideways surface lunge-feeding on massive quantities of krill. Folks looked for the red patches and found whales, dolphins, sand eels, and sharks feeding on krill, and shearwaters feeding on the sand eels. Earlier in the day we had seen whales bubble-feeding and open mouth feeding, sights many of us had seen before, but the krill feeding was spectacular and a new one to observe for almost all of us.


76 humpbacks photographed (42 identified, 34 to be indentied0, 20 minke whales, 2 fin whales, 20 white-sided dolphins, bubble feeding, open-mouth feeding, sideways lunges, multiple breaches, pectoral flipper slapping, tail slapping, kick-feeding, spy-hopping, trumpet blows, moms and calves and thousands of pelagic birds – and that was just day 1. 


Tuesday, August 13, 2013:

Our second day began with fog, whales, and dolphins all around us. We weighed anchor and headed south towards where we had our first massive group of whales, hoping to find visibility and whales. Once the fog was gone, the whales were easily seen again.  Today, some repeats, but also lots of whales we hadn’t seen before.  There were often traveling in pairs. One breached about 12 times near us, while off in the distance, we saw humpbacks breach at once.  What a way to end our trip! Once we have a better assessment of the Tuesday whales, we will update this.

99 humpback whales

20 minke whales

4 finback whales

50 Atlantic white-sided dolphins

Brown shark

Blue shark

~2000 Cory’s Shearwaters

~6000 Great Shearwaters

~500 Sooty Shearwaters

Sunday Aug 11th 2013
- Whales, Dolphins, Turtles GALORE!

The amazing 2013 season continues. Today we were treated to many groups of dolphins and whales. We started out with several leatherbacks, then fin whales, then multiple dolphin groups. We were often surrounded by the dolphins, they were feeding, as were the fin whales. On our way in we found hundreds more dolphins and two more fin whales all feeding together with hundreds of shearwaters. Another amazing day on the Viking Starship!

6 Fin Whales
550 Dolphins
5 Leatherback Turtles
1 Loggerhead Turtle
150 Cory's Shearwaters
150 Great Shearwaters
7 Sooty Shearwaters

Sunday Aug 4th 2013

2013 continues to be a stellar year with an amazing 100% success rate. Today we found a leatherback while on our way to whale grounds and then began to see whales. Today was a humpback day- seeing 3 different humpbacks spread out over several miles. They were staying down for long periods but gave us good views when back up. While viewing the whales we encountered a small group of common dolphins (about 20), On our way back we once again found a super aggregation of about 600 dolphins- all around us for 1/2 mile then another hundred and another humpback, as well as one more leatherback.

4 Humpbacks
720 Common Dolphins
2 Leatherback Sea Turtles
1 Blue Marlin
150 Cory's Shearwaters
55 Great Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwater
200 Wilson's Storm Petrels

Sunday July 28th 2013
Whales and Dolphins- AGAIN!

Our amazing year continues! Whales, dolphins and pelagic birds were found again. We left in the fog and when it cleared we had perfect conditions. We found our first fin whale- east of where we had seen them previously. This one was not cooperative and kept staying down for anywhere from 3-12 minutes. Our second fin whale was much larger and also spent long times down. While looking at the second whale we found another super aggregation of common dolphins- easily 300 of them-could be seen chasing after prey and coming over to us also. We spent quite a while with the dolphins and found loads of pelagic birds. There were also 1200 Wilson's storm Petrels.

2 Fin Whales
300 Common Dolphins
1200 Wilson's Storm Petrels
30 Cory's Shearwaters
15 Great Shearwaters
3 Sooty Shearwaters
1 Sea Turtle

Sunday July 21st 2013- EPIC TRIP!
It was an utterly amazing trip! The BEST IN 13 YEARS!

Fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales and common dolphins galore. We sae our first dolphins only about 7 miles out and our first whales 9 miles out. It started with common dolphins and then 2 humpbacks, then we hit the motherload. Fin whales, humpbacks, minkes and dolphins EVERYWHERE WE TURNED! Bubble feeding humpbackslunge feeding fin whales, humpbacks doing breeches, tail slaps, flipper slap. Rolling fin whales, jumping dolphins, even saw some flying fish and mahi mahi. The bird life was also spectacular and everyone was happy!

25 Fin Whales
12 Humpback Whales
2 Minke Whales
600 Common Dolphins
1700 Wilson's Storm Petrels
90 Corey's
26 Sooty Shearwaters
18 Great Shearwaters
5 Manx Shearwaters
5 Brown Pelicans

Sunday July 14th 2013- Amazing Trip Once Again!
Fin whales, dolphins, loggerhead turtles, pelagic birds!

Our second trip was another winner. We cleared through the fog and found what we were looking for just where we thought they would be. 10-12 fin whales, including 3 mother/calf pairs were feeding and resting, feeding again, same surface and right next to us with their mouths full of food and water, and their throats expanded. We also found 60 dolphins and 2 loggerheads with the whales. Birders on board were also happy to see hundreds of Cory's and Greater Shearwaters, about 25 Sooty Shearwaters and 5 Storm Petrels. So come on out with us next week!

10-12 Fin Whales
60 Dolphins
2 Loggerhead Turtles
200 Greater Shearwaters
200 Cory's Shearwaters
25 Sooty Shearwaters
15 Storm Petrels

Sunday July 7th 2013- It's an ALL-STAR season opener!
A spectacular line-up: whales, dolphins, turtles and pelagic birds. Our day started off with a spectacular view of nearly 1000 common dolphins. The large super- aggregation was spotted at 11am. We stayed with them for quite some time, then headed on. We next encountered loggerhead sea turtles (2) and eventually turned back from 24 miles out. We found 2 large fin whales feeding fast south of where the dolphins had been. We were able to get great views of the two
and saw another about 1/2 mile away. What a great way to start! We will have tons of photos for you on Monday!

1000 Common Dolphins
3 Fin Whales
2 Logger Head Turtles
500 Great Shearwaters
85 Sooty Shearwaters
30 Cory's Shearwaters
2 Pomarine Jaegers
1 Unidentified Jaeger
1 Manx Shearwater
2 Wilson's Storm Petrels


2012 Whale Watch Sighting Reports  

Sunday Sept 2 2012
It was a long but worthwhile trip today. It took a few hours, but eventually we got a brief view of a leatherback turtle and shortly thereafter, we encountered 100 common dolphins. The dolphins were moving quickly, but came over to check us out and ride with us. Some were engaged in courtship and mating and were too busy to do much else, and who could blame them! Its rare to see this behavior and always interesting. A nice way to end the season!
100 Common Dolphins
1 Leatherback Turtle
20 Great Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwate
5 Cory's Shearwaters
10 Wilson's Storm Petrels

Wednesday Aug 29 2012
An amazing 3 cetacean species day!
1 Minke whale
15 Bottlenose dolphin
40 common dolphin
2 Shearwaters
40 sea gull
40 terns







Sunday Aug 26 2012
It was a gorgeous day out on the water. We spent the bulk of the trip cruising in and around the vicinity of our recent bottlenose dolphin, minke whale and juvenile humpback whale sightings, unfortunately without any sightings. The animals may have moved further offshore in search of food, or decided that the beautiful weather was enough for us to enjoy for the day. We did, however, enjoy some pelagic bird sightings including:

1 parasitic jaeger
5 great shearwaters
10 Cory's shearwaters
5 Sanderlings
5 Wilson Storm Petrels
The Parasitic jaeger is a nice treat, as we often don't see these birds so close to shore.

Wednesday Aug 22 2012
Minke Whale!
We headed west because of a report of a whale off Amagansett and also were looking for the dolphins we had been seeing inshore. We didn't find dolphins so we headed further offshore. We spotted an uncooperative Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle around noon and shortly thereafter we found our whale, a 30 foot, 20,000lbs Minke whale! We were able to stay with it and watch it surface filtering food through its baleen for almost 2 hours. We also found a Leatherback turtle near the Minke. A Great Day!!

1 Minke Whale
1 Leatherback Sea Turtle
1 Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle
120 Coreys Shearwater
35 Wilson's Storm Petrels
3 Greater Shearwater
1 Northern Gannet

Sunday Aug 19 2012
Oh my, what a trip!

It took a few hours but wow, it was worth the wait. How often do you see hundreds of inshore bottlenose dolphins feeding for an hour. Our first sighting was a group of 60 then others joined in. There were easily 200 dolphins feeding on bluefish. They would drive the fish, swim in circles and dive- utterly amazing! There were also nearly 100 Cory's Shearwaters in the are as well.

Totals for the day:
200 Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins
145 Cory's Shearwaters
40 Wilson's Storm Petrels

Wednesday August 15 2012

Sightings: 60-80 common dolphins, including ~10 moms with 'babies', multiple leaping displays and LOTS of tail slapping, sustained leaps and body slams; dolphins frequently raced toward vessel and swam alongside or beneath it, often turning backwards on some of the 'attempts'; and we found them again later in the cruise although this time, the group seemed smaller (40?)

Other: 30 Cory’s Shearwaters, 7 Great Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater

Here’s the report from the offshore trip:

Another successful Great South Channel trip (our 12th trip since 2002). We are still at 100% success at finding whales on our offshore trips. On this trip we found 17 humpback whales (6 were ID'd by Orla O'Brien of WCNE).  We found Filigree and her calf; Wave; Pitcher; Blackbird; Breeze; Dancer; and Lilium; the other 9 humpbacks may be new;. Only one of these have made it to Stellwagen this year. Also found a few fin whales; a voraciously surface feeding minke whale; and an aggregation of about 600 common dolphins.  Photos can be seen at



17 Humpbacks

4 Fin Whales

1 Minke Whale

600 Common Dolphins

Wilson’s Storm Petrels

Great Shearwaters

Cory’s Shearwaters

Sooty Shearwaters

Manx Shearwaters

Pomarine Jaegers

Parasitic Jaegers

Northern Gannets

Wednesday August 8 2012

 Double Dolphin Species!- Dolphins( Bottlenose & Common) Sea Turtles, bait and a Bat

A double species day for cetaceans, Early in the trip we encountered about 60 Bottlenose Dolphins and watched them feed on Bluefish for quite a while. A few hours later we found a small group, 20 or so of Common Dolphin including some that appeared to be engaged in courtship. A leatherback Turtle surprised us as we were headed in. While we were out there a bat flew around us, which was an amazing surprise. 


60 Bottlenose Dolphins
20 Common Dolphin
1 Leatherback Turtle
1 Unknown Turtle
35 Wilson's Storm Petrels
6 Cory Shearwaters
1 Northern Gannet

Sunday August 5
Another Successful Trip!
Once again we found ourselves amongst several groups of Short-beaked Bottlenose Dolphin- a total of about 40, including many young ones. We saw some being nursed as they swam past us and what a beautiful sight that was. After nearly 45 minutes with the dolphins we were treated by the sight of a great hammer head shark.

40 Common Dolphins
1 Great Hammer Head Shark
20 Wilson's Storm Petrels
15 Cory's Shearwaters
4 Great Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwaters

Wednesday August 1
Common dolphins, Turtles, basking sharks

Spectacular day on the Starship. We traveled a while and eventually found a group of 60 common dolphins, including some new born calves. This group was very cooperative and stayed with us for quite some time. We also got some brief looks at a Kemp's Ridley turtle and another breaching basking shark.

60 common dolphins
1 Kemp's Ridley turtle
1 Basking Shark
95 Wilson's Storm Petrels
25 Greater Shearwaters
12 Corey's Shearwaters
1 Parasitic Jaeger

Sunday July 29
Bottlenose Dophins!!
We were planning to head far to the south towards middle grounds where some whales had been spotted days earlier- a long trip but within our range. We didnt have to go that far to find cetaceans- in fact we were just a few miles out. Two large groups of Costal (inshore) bottlenose dolphins, about 40 in total delighted the passangers and crew. Adults, juvenile and very young dolphins were all around us. A great trip was had by all.

40 Bottlenose Dolphins (costal migratory stock)
40 Wilson's Storm Petrels
5 Corey's Shearwaters
3 Greater Shearwaters

Wednesday July 25
Awesome! But what was it?
Breaching Basking Sharks put on an amazing display today. We didn't find whales or dolphins but we were all thoroughly amazed by a massive basking shark breaching and porpoising over and over again. This 30 foot long shark breached about 10 times right in front of us. Nearby was another smaller basking shark doing the same. We also found a Dusky shark and an Ocean Sunfish. Click HERE to see the video of the Breaching Shark. 

2 Basking Sharks
1 Dusky Shark 
1 Ocean Sunfish
2 Greater Shearwaters
1 Coreys Shearwater
1 Sooty Shearwater
16 Wilsons Storm Petrels

Sunday July 22
Dolphins, Shark, Turtles
It was a beautiful day to be out at sea. We had reports of dolphins near the point and also near the Midway Buoy. We headed out to check the reports near the Point, then Midway, then we headed southwest. We found 2 loggerhead sea turtles. We also saw a Blue shark within a few minutes of each other, in the early afternoon. We had a report of dolphins near the Point and sure enough we found two groups of inshore bottlenose dolphins (about 20 total. All in all a great day.

20 Bottlenose Dolphins (Coastal Migration Stock)
2 Loggerhead Sea Turtles
1 Blue Shark
30 Wilson's Storm Petrels
3 Greater Shearwaters

Wednesday July 18
Turtles Galore!

We headed out to where the humpback had been, but it wasn't around. We searched through several areas and found an area with many sea turtles. We spotted 3 Loggerhead turtles and 1 Kemps Ridley.

3 Loggerheads Turtles 
1 Kemp's Ridley Turtle 
7 Wilson's Storm Petrels
2 Greater Shearwaters
1 Corey's Shearwaters

Sunday July 15
Whales Breaching-Incredible Sights!

Click HERE  and HERE see a couple of great videos from our whale watching trip today.
We heard reports of whales west of the point, so we headed in that direction. We saw the Humpback whale breaching off Napeague from a distance. We arrived to find a young Humpback-around 25 feet long. It breached almost every 30 seconds for 40 minutes swimming parallel to us, under our bow, rolling over to look at us and pectoral flipper and tail slapping once in a while. Spectacular!! A young whale watching the whale watchers!! You can see some great photos HERE

1 Humpback
3 Coreys Shearwaters
1 Greater Shearwater
8 Wilsons Storm Petrels

Sunday July 8th
What a beautiful day and trip. We headed out to find cetaceans and did we ever. By the time we had to head back in we had seen over 150 bottlenose dolphins (offshore subspecies). The dolphins were everywhere we looked and they just kept on coming. On the way back we also found a young loggerhead sea turtle.

150 Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins
1 Loggerhead Sea Turtle
10 WIlson's Storm Petrels
10 Greater Shearwaters
1 Corey's Shearwater
1 Sooty Shearwater
1 Manx Shearwater

Wednesday July 4th
We had reports of whales 30-40 miles out. Right on the way out we found a pod of inshore bottlenose dolphins. The 12 dolphins included quite a few young ones. We then headed out further but were not successful. It was, in any event, a spectacular way to spend the 4th of July.

12 Bottlenose Dolphins
10 Greater Shearwaters
1 Coreys Shearwater
10 Wilsons Storm Petrels
1 Blue Shark

Sunday July 1st
The first trip of the 2012 season. We had a beautiful day at sea, and a cool sea breeze kept us comfortable during the day. But luck wasn't on our side this trip... We covered many miles in search of whales, dolphins and porpoises but weren't successful. We did find some blue fin tuna. We are looking forward to Wednesdays trip!



Sunday September 4 2011
A Lot of Birds!
Today we saw an Ocean Sunfish, 20 wilsons Storm Petrels, 20-30 Coreys Shearwaters, 1 Greater Shearwater and 2 Brown Pelicans!

Sunday Aug 21 2011
Well, it had to happen sooner or later!
Today we made a valiant effort to find whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles or anything else- but to no avail. We covered over 60 nautical miles but all we found were a lot of balloons which we picked up, and some birds.

2 Cory's Shearwaters
40 Wilson's Storm Petrels
6 Red-necked phalaropes

2011 Offshore Whale Watch
Humpbacks everywhere; one day of breaching and one day of bubble feeding!
The passengers and crew of the Viking Starship were treated to an amazing two days of non-stop humpback activity on our offshore whale watch trip.  This year we headed to Stellwagen   Bank and found our first humpbacks at daybreak on Monday.  The day was intermittently stormy and the humpbacks were breaching repeatedly through our 10 hours of observations.  We were able to get close to  and photograph 44 humpbacks on Monday 8/15; 37 have been identified and 7 remain to be identified.
We didn’t think that anything could top our first day – but we were wrong.  At daybreak on day two (8/16) we encountered our first of 36 humpbacks that were bubble feeding in large groups all around us and as far as one could see.  Massive open-mouth surface feeding displays were seen throughout our time with the whales on Tuesday, and they were joined by thousands of pelagic birds and hundreds of Atlantic white-side dolphins. UTTERLY AMAZING!!
Video and photos are being worked on and will be posted on the CRESLI and the Viking Fleet websites.  Also look for the CRESL/Viking Fleet 2011 Stellwagen Bank trip group on

Sunday August 14 2011
Dolphin Calves!
Today we saw 160 Short-beaked common dolphins. Within this group there were at least 40 calves. They were so small and adorable! It was great to see the dolphins jumping out of the water right next to the boat! We also saw a basking shark breach.

160 Short-Beaked Common Dolphins
1 Basking Shark
5 Greater Shearwaters
10 Coreys Shearwaters
240 Wilson Storm Petrels

Sunday July 31 2011
Dolphins & Sharks!!
Today was fantastic! We saw tons of common dolphins and a few bottlenose dolphins. We stayed with the dolphins for hours watching them jump out o the water and ride the bow wave of the Starship. We also had a glimpse of a basking shark breach and a great white shark breach. We saw the Great White breach 3 times! It was awesome!!

280 Common Dolphin
2 Bottlenose Dolphin
1 Basking Shark
1 Great White Shark
20 Greater Shearwaters
20 Coreys Shearwaters
135 Wilsons Storm Petrels

Sunday July 24 2011
Ocean Clean Day

Today we pulled eight helium balloons out of the ocean and saved who knows how many sea turtles and dolphins! We had a brief glimpse of 20 common dolphins before we reached the lighthouse, but we were unable to stay with them. Later we saw glimpses of basking shark and a blue shark. We also saw two trigger fish.

20 Common Dolphin
1 Basking Shark
1 Blue Shark
75 Corey's Shearwaters
20 Greater Shearwaters
135 Wilson's Storm Petrels

Sunday July 17 2011
Humpback at the Lighthouse!
Today was awesome! We spotted a humpback whale right by the Montauk lighthouse. We stayed with it for two hours as it swam right next to the Starship. It breached and did a tail slap which was a real treat! We also saw a Leatherback sea turtle.

1 Humpback
1 Leatherback Sea Turtle
28 Coreys Shearwaters
50 Greater Shearwaters
10 Wilsons Storm Petrels

Sunday July 10 2011
Ya Hah! Dolphins Galore!
Today was another fantastic day for common dolphin sightings. We saw approximately 360 dolphins including a ton of calves. They swam right next to the Starship and we were able to hear their clicks and whistles that they make to communicate. We also saw 3 sea turtles; 2 leatherback and a loggerhead. On the way back home we spotted a basking shark and a white marlin eating sand eels. The white marlin was especially cool because they are very rare!

360 Common Dolphin
2 Leatherback Sea Turtles
1 White Marlin
140 Greater Shearwaters
75 Wilson's Storm Petrels
50 Corey's Shearwaters
Some Flying fish and some Mahi Mahi

Sunday July 3 2011
A Great Sea Adventure
What a great start to the 2011 Whale Watching season!! The Common dolphins put on a great show for us. They were jumping out of the water and riding on our bow wave a ton. We saw approximately 250 for the day. We also saw an ocean sunfish, a Trigger fish and a 400lbs Leatherback sea turtle. We had a fantastic view of it whole body. On the way back we also spotted a blue shark. Check out the pics HERE.

250 Common Dolphins
1 Leatherback Sea Turtle
1 Triggerfish
1 Sunfish
400 Greater Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwater
10 Corey's Shearwater
40 Wilson's Storm Petrels



2010 Whale Watching Gallery

Wednesday Sept 1 2010
Common Dolphins
Today we saw 90 Common dolphins in three groups. One group had about 40-50 dolphins of which 5 were babies that were only four months old. They swam around and played with the boat for over an hour!

Sunday August 29 2010
Dolphin Mania Continues!!
Once again, we found a leatherback sea turtle near the point, and groups of dolphins out near CIA. This time we found two groups- one about 30 Common dolphins and a second group of 10. Both groups had adults, juveniles and infants, including one that was only a few days old. 

40 Common Dolphins
1 Leatherback Sea turtle
5 Greater shearwaters
2 Cory's shearwaters
1 Immature Northern gannet.

Saturday August 28 2010
Dolphin Mania Continues
We located common dolphins west of CIA again today! There were about 45 in total and we spent an hour with then. There were a lot of Mom and calf pairs! Some calves were only 2ft long. We also saw a basking shark breach, but it was only a glimpse.

45 Common dolphins
1 Basking Shark

Friday August 27 2010
Dolphin Mania
Today was fantastic! We headed West of CIA and found tons of common dolphins. At one point we were surrounded by more than 200 dolphins. For the whole day we had a total of 350 common dolphins! On the way back we saw two Leatherback Sea turtles.

350 Common dolphins
3 Leatherback sea turtles
2 Least terns
10 Corey's shearwaters
35 Greater shearwaters
6 Northern gannets

Thursday August 26 2010
A tough day- Turtles (briefly) & birds
The day started out well with a leatherback sea turtle right near the point, but the turtle dove just as we got to it and wasn't seen. We headed south and encountered a young Kemp's Ridley Sea turtle about 17 miles out- it too dove and wasn't seen again. While we saw quite a few birds, we never saw any cetaceans- thus it was a tough day.

1 Leatherback sea turtle
1 Kemp's Ridley sea turtle
18 Cory's Shearwaters
10 Greater Shearwaters
12 Sanderlings
1 Northern Gannet

Saturday August 21 2010
The day started well, with an ocean sunfish just east of the point. We headed east to no avail, then south and west. At 1:30pm we spotted a large group of common dolphins (30-40) including many very young calves. The dolphins stayed with us for an hour- what an amazing display.

30-40 Common dolphins
3 Greater shearwaters
22 Wilson's storm petrels
2 Northern Gannets
15 Cory's shearwaters
1 Parasitic Jaeger
 1 Ocean sunfish

Friday August 20 2010
A Basking Shark and Hammerhead Sharks
Today was a great day on the water. We saw 3 hammer head sharks and a Basking Shark.

3 Hammerhead Sharks
1 Basking Shark
5 Greater Shearwaters
25 Coreys Shearwaters
10 Wilsons Storm Petrels
25 Sanderlings
2 Semi-palmated Sandpipers
6 Least Sandpipers

Thursday August 19 2010
Dolphins, Turtles, Breaching Sharks and Flying Fish

We headed south towards where whales had been reported. From a distance we saw breaching fish; then we encountered the first of our four turtles- a loggerhead. While watching the turtle, a basking shark breached next to us. A hammerhead swam near us a short while later. On our way back we found a green sea turtle, another loggerhead and 10 common dolphins- and awesome, diverse day.

10 Common dolphins
2 Loggerhead turtles
1 Green turtle
1 Basking shark
1 Hammerhead shark
30 Wilson's Storm petrels
12 Greater shearwaters
1 Cory's shearwater
15 Wilson's Phalaropes

Wednesday August 18 2010
Seas were calm today with good with visibility. We saw no whales, but we did have the largest number of leatherback sea turtles ever seen in one day. Seven Leatherbacks swam close to the boat with one swimming directly under the bow with fantastic views. We also saw many Cory's shearwaters, Wilsons petrels and one Northern gannet.

Sunday August 15 2010-Tuesday August 17 2010
Humpbacks, Fin whales, common dolphins, Basking Sharks, and thousands of pelagic birds!
The annual Viking Fleet/CRESLI 2010 Great South Channel Whale Watch (our 10th trip in 9 years) was another resounding success! As in every year since 2002, we found quite a few whales (whenever the fog lifted). At times we were surrounded by humpbacks and fin whales, even when we were anchored overnight. The whales were busy feeding at depth and at the surface, on krill and sand eels. Many of the humpbacks were juveniles, and many of the fin whales were cow/calf pairs. 7 of the 15 humpbacks were identified by biologists from the Whale Center of New England, while the others remain to be ID'd. We returned 51 hours after leaving exhausted and exhilarated.

15 Humpbacks
15 Fin whales
20 Common dolphins
1 Basking Shark
2000 Wilsons Storm Petrels
1500 Greater Shearwaters
55 Corys Shearwaters
10 Northern Gannets
1 Parasitic Jaeger

Saturday August 14 2010
Birds, blows, White-caps, & Elusive Whales
The Starship headed east towards where we had seen whales throughout July. We found quite a few pelagic birds, saw a few blows from whales, but the whales were too elusive and were never seen again.

2 Whales (Blows only)
150 Wilson's Storm Petrels
15 Cory's Shearwaters
60 Greater Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwater

Sunfish, Breaching fish, Flying Fish

Our first trip in a few days took us out for many hours. The day was gorgeous and visibility great, and we were able to find breaching fish, ocean Sunfish and occassional groups of flying fish, but no cetaceans.

2 Ocean Sunfish
30 Flying fish
50 Wilsons Storm petrels
10 Greater Shearwaters
2 Corys Shearwaters

Sunday August 8 2010
Sea Turtles and a Breaching Basking Shark
Today started really well with 2 Leatherback sea turtles south of the radio tower at the Camp Hero. We headed to where we found dolphins yesterday. We did find a Logger head sea turtle and a breaching basking shark. We had reports of whales but did not find any today.

2 Leatherback Sea Turtles
1 Loggerhead Sea Turtle
1 Basking Shark
35 Wilsons Storm Petrels
12 Greater Shearwaters
1 Corys Shearwater

Saturday August 7 2010
Dolphins, Hammerheads and Basking Sharks
It was a gorgeous day on the water: cool, comfortable and calm. We headed South and West to where whales had been seen earlier. We found over 100 Common dolphins, including many newborns. We also found a very cooperative Hammerhead shark, who stayed next to us for some time. We also found lots of breaching basking sharks all around us.

125 Common Dolphins
1 Hammerhead Shark
50 Wilsons Storm Petrels
100 Greater Shearwaters
10 Corys Shearwaters

Wednesday August 4 2010
We traveled to an area about 30 miles from Montauk, SE of Block Island, to where some whales had been seen. We didn’t have any luck there so we headed to the East Mudhole and found a Fin whale. We had some great views of the whale and we also saw a Kemp’s Ridley Sea turtle sleeping next to the boat, near the whale. We also saw two sharks, a hammer head and a blue shark.

100+ Corys Shearwaters
200+ Greater Shearwaters
200+ Wilsons Storm Petrels
1 Pomaine Jaeger

Sunday August 1 2010
Fin Whale Calf-Nap Time

It wasn't until 1:30pm that we saw our first whale blows-those of a large fin whale about 1000 yards ahead of us. As we approached the area, we saw smaller, fainter blows- those of a young fin whale calf, no bigger than 30 feet. The calf was resting(logging) just under the surface, next to the boat for nearly 30 minutes before diving and swimming away. He stayed down for nearly 20 minutes, several times, but the calf stayed close enough to u for all to get a good look. A nice way to end this week! We are now at 90.4% success rate in finding cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises).

2 Fin Whales (cow and calf)
5 Greater Shearwaters
5 Corys Shearwaters
50 Wilsons Storm Petrels

Saturday July 31 2010
7 Fin Whales, including 2 cow/calf pairs
We headed east towards where whales had been seen yesterday and we found our first whales just about where we expected. 7 Fin Whales were spread out over several miles. These 7 included 2 cow/calf pairs- one pair we had a good look at and recognized them from earlier this month. The calm seas and beautiful skies were the icing on the cake.

7 Fin Whales
2 Greater Shearwaters
40 Wilson's Storm Petrels

Friday July 30 2010
Hammer Head Today!
It was a long trip out to East of Fareway but once we got there the magic really started. The day began with two small (200lbs) ocean sunfish. Then, as you may have guessed, we saw a hammer head shark! It was insane- the shark approached the boat multiple while it was just under the surface so we had a fantastic view of it. Shortly after the hammer head we found the fin whales. We saw a total of 6 for the day ranging from 45ft to 60ft. It was incredible because they were only a few feet away from the boat hanging out just below the surface. We were able to view the whole body underwater and got an especially good look at the tail. Later we saw a group of 35 common dolphins which were very playful.

6 Fin Whales
35 Common Dolphins
1 Hammer Head Shark
2 Ocean Sunfish
10 Greater Shearwater
50 Wilson's Storm Petrels
5 Double Crested Cormorants
12 Wilson's Phalarope

Wednesday July 28 2010
Sunny with a side of Whales
Today was a beautiful day out on the water. There was a cool breeze, great visibilty, and tons of ocean life to see! We started the day off by seeing a massive basking shark breach out of the water. Soon after we saw a small(250lbs) ocean sunfish. Later we spotted a60ft fin whale. While trying to locate a fin whale that had a long terminal dive we found another individual. It was great because the whale came really close to the boat and the passengers got slimmed by the blow of the whale which is always a treat! On our way back we saw 4 common dolphins that rode our bow wave for a while. A sea turtle was also spotted, but it dove before we were able to identify it.

2 Fin whales
4 Common dolphins
1 Basking Shark
1 Sea Turtle
1 Ocean Sunfish
10 Greater Shearwaters
150 Storm Petrels

Sunday July 25 2010
Dolphins, Turtles, More Dolphins
How can you describe a day with over 450 dolphins and two species of sea turtles (leatherback and loggerhead); not to mention an ocean sunfish and a blue shark. SPECTACULAR!

460 Common Dolphins
1 Leatherback Sea Turtle
1 Loggerhead Sea Turtle
1 Blue Shark
1 Ocean Sunfish
50 Wilson's Storm Petrels
3 Greater Shearwaters
10 Corey's Searwaters

Saturday July 24 2010
Turtles, Dolphins, and Whales
Heading past Montauk Lighthouse we encountered a 6 foot long Leatherback sea turtle. An awesome start to a great day! Our whales- a mother/calf pair of fin whales were first seen by noon. For two hours we stayed with them as they moved closer to Montauk. Near an area SE of the point, we also encountered a group of 100-120 common dolphins including many newborns. What a day!!


2 Fin whales
120 Common dolphins
100 Wilsons Storm Petrels
20 Corey's Shearwater

Friday July 23 2010
We finally found life in the ocean again! Our first sighting occurred at 10:45am at around 5 miles S.W. of Block Island. We saw an enormous group of about 150 common dolphins. It was incredible! There were several calves and the dolphins were very active, porpoising and spinning out of the water. Shortly afterwards we saw another group of 8-12 common dolphins which were also a lot of fun. Later in the day we saw a Mako shark, a blue shark, and an ocean sunfish. The ocean sunfish was probably about 3ft and around 200lbs.


170 common dolphins
1 mako
1 Blue Shar
1 Ocean Sunfish
1 Coreys Shearwater
20 Greater Shearwaters
30 Common terns
325 Wilsons Storm Petrels
2 Northern Gannets
1 Dowitcher
12 Wilsons Phalaropes
6 Sanderlings
1 LoggerHead SeaTurtle

Thursday July 22 2010
The day started well with great visibility. We headed SE then continued south and SW but had no luck finding whales. We were able to spot some pelagic birds, especially behind a scalloper but often they were patchily spread.

40 Greater shearwaters
60 Coreys shearwaters
1 Sooty shearwater
70 Wilson's Storm petrels

Sunday July 18 2010
While all the landlubbers were soaking up today's heat the crew and passengers on the Viking Starship enjoyed strong breezes and cool temperatures. Once at sea we spotted a sea turtle, 2 fin whales and 1 minke whale, in addition we were treated with the sight of bluefin tuna leaping out of the water and had a great view of a blue shark!

1 Minke whale
2 Fin whales
1 Blue shark
1 Sea turtle
75 Bluefin Tuna
6-10 Red-necked phalaropes
1 Northern gannet
5-10 Greater shearwaters
5 Corey's shearwaters
1500-2000 Wilson's storm Petrels

Saturday July 17 2010
A Multispecies Day - Fin, Humpback and Minke Whales
We headed east  through the haze towards an area of clearer visibilty and towards where we have seen whales for several weeks. Our first whales we spotted at 12:16. They were a cow/calf pair of fin whales. The calf had significant scars from what appeared to be a boat strike. Our second cow/calf pair were spotted shortly thereafter. In the same spot we saw a fifth fin whale and a Mike whale. On our way back we briefly saw a humpback whale but it didnt stay and we couldn't find it again.

Totals for the Day:
5 Fin Whales
1 Minke Whale
1 Humpback Whale
1 Hammerhead Shark
400+ Wilsons Storm Petrels
70 Greater Shearwaters
15 Coreys Shearwaters
5 Red-necked phalaropes

Friday July 16 2010
Today we had 1 brief view of a fin whale blowing, and then we headed SE to search for more whales, where they had been sighted a few days ago. We spotted our first blows at 1:30pm but the whale eluded us. It turned out to be a nice day on the water- but few sightings. 

3 Blue Sharks
55 Greater Shearwaters
10 Corey's Shearwaters
150 Wilson's Storm Petrels
1 Manx Shearwater- preening

Sunday July 11 2010
A Bakers Dozen- An amazing End to an amazing week
Today was a spectacular day on the water, with 13 fin whales and 8 Minke whales. We headed east, without fog or rain, and found our first whales just after 11:30. We came across a minke whale and four fin whales, including one of the cow/calf pair that we've been seeing all this week! The whales were feeding on deep dense bait patches and repeatedly surfaced near the vessel, close enough to almost touch them!! We continued to find whales for several hours, even on our way home! Over all it really was a fantastic say and a great end to a week full of brilliant sightings!

13 Fin whales
8 Minke whales
65 Greater Shearwaters
5 Coreys Shearwaters
200 Wilsons storm Petrels.

Saturday July 10 2010
Whales, Whales, Whales!

We headed east, through the fog and rain this morning. We saw our first whales- a cow/calf pair around noon in the same region we've been seeing whales all week. Two cow/calf pairs constantly swam around us, under us, and in front of us. They rolled over repeatedly, amazing the whole boat. The whales were feeding in dense patches of food and the pelagic birds were feeding in the leftovers. A spectacular day on the water!

12 Fin Whales
1 Minke Whale
500 Greater Shearwater
200 Wilson's Storm Petrels
50 Corey's Shearwaters
4 Sooty Shearwaters
1 Hammerhead Shark
2 Blue Sharks

Friday July 9 2010
Another Amazing Day!
We left a hot and sticky dock and sailed off toward where we saw the whales yesterday. Our first Minke whale was spotted around 11:30am. For the day we saw a total of six Minke whales once again interspersed between Fin whale sightings. At one point the ship was surrounded by Minke whales and several groups of 1-2 Fin whales. The Fin whales dove for about 4 minutes at a time and displayed boat avoidance consistently but we were able to spot different individuals. One Fin whale that had been down for at least 5 minutes surprised everyone by appearing right next to the boat- that was a real crowd-pleaser!

9 Fin Whales
6 Minke Whales
1 Ocean Sunfish
1 Blue Shark
300 Wilson's Storm Petrels
150 Greater Shearwaters
7 Sooty Shearwaters
7 Corey's Shearwaters
2 Manx Shearwaters
75 Common Tern
5 Lease Tern
10 Crested Cormorants
1 Common Loon

Thursday July 8 2010
Whale Madness Continues
We drove through the thick fog at the docks into an excellent day with great visibility! The first thing we saw was a small ocean sunfish (150lbs-300lbs). After that we continued our track where we saw the whales yesterday. Fortunately they were there again. We saw a total of 16 fin whales and 10-12 minke whales. There was one mother calf pair of fin whales and also several groups of 3-4 whales in the area. Minke whales appeared periodically while we observed the fin whales.  Bluefin tuna were also spotted jumping out of the water. At one point a 9ft blue shark came within 2ft of the boat!

Our totals for the day were:
16 Fin Whales
10-12 Fin Whales
1 Ocean Sunfish
50 Greater Shearwater
300 Corey's SHearwaters
10 Sooty Shearwaters
400 Wilson's Storm Petrels
1 Royal Blue Shark  

Wednesday July 7 2010
Today was FANTASTIC!
Driving east into the haze we first encountered a large adult leatherback sea turtle. Shortly afterward an enormous ocean sunfish (probably around 800-1000lbs) was spotted. We were able to get up really close to it and see the eye since it was swimming near the surface. After the we found our first minke whale of the day, one of a total 10-12 spotted.

The fin whales appeared soon after essentially surrounding us. At one point there were four fin whales swimming next to each other. All the whales were over 60ft long. Later 4 fin whales lunged out of the water repeatedly, almost porpoising. In between the fin and the minke whale sitings we found about 3 patches of 100's of bluefin tuna. For the day we saw a total of 9-10 fin whales. At one point we also saw a blue shark, bluefish and striped bass rolling at the surface. It was a great day! Don't forget to check out the fantastic pics!

Totals for the day:
9-10 Fin Whales
10-12 Minke Whales
500+ Bluefin Tuna
1 Ocean Sunfish
1 Leatherback Sea Turtle
1 Blue Shark
100 Greater Shearwaters
200 Cory's Shearwater
200 Wilson's Storm Petrels

Sunday July 4 2010
Minkes Galore- An Even Dozen!!
We sailed to the east of Block Island and found 12 Minke whales once again including a mother and calf pair. The Starship spent 2 hours observing the Minkes-They appeared to be in groups of 4 spread out over several miles. The birds today included Greater Shearwaters, Cory's Shearwaters, Wilson's Storm Petrels,  Black-Legged Kittiwakes, Northern Gannets, Least Terns, and Common Terns. We also found a blue shark and skip jack tuna. Todays trip was really fantastic. It is incredibly rare to find so many Minke whales, let alone mother/calf pairs; and just as incredible to find that number twice in four days!! In 23 years of whale watching trips, we've never seen that many Minke whales at once!  We will check photographs to see if any of today's whales were also seen on Friday. Click HERE to see the great pictures taken on the trip.

Saturday July 3 2010
A Beautiful Day on the Water!
However we had no success in finding whales, dolphins or porpoises. We sailed to all the areas where whales and dolphins were seen yesterday but to no avail. We saw 15 Greater Shearwaters, 20 Cory's Shearwaters, and 75 Wilson's Storm Petrels.

Friday July 2 2010
An Amazing Day!
We headed towards the area we saw the whale briefly yesterday. At 11:30am we encountered our first group of dolphins- 30 common dolphins. An hour later we encountered our next group- 60 bottlenose dolphins. We headed homeward and just as the day was winding down we found the motherload of whales just 12 miles SE of Montauk. We saw 12 Minke whales, 3 Fin back whales, and 1 Humpback whale. Today's sightings also included Greater Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwaters, Corrys Shearwaters, Wilson's Storm Petrels, Common Terns, Red-throated loons. All in all it was a FANTASTIC and exciting trip. Click HERE to visit the Cresli website and see some of the fantastic pictures taken aboard the Viking Starship today.  We have a couple of gorgeous days coming up this weekend- perfect weather to get out there and experience this trip first hand!

Thursday July 1
Birds, Wind, White Caps, 1 whale and 1 Sunfish
The Viking Starship crew headed SE to an area where whales were spotted a few days ago. We found a few Wilsons Storm Petrels and Greater Shearwaters. We then headed east, where we found an Ocean sunfish, Corys Shearwaters, Manx Shearwaters and lots of storm petrels. Finally we spotted a blow, probably from a fin whale about a mile from us so we headed there but were unable to find the whale again. The totals for today were: 1 whale(unknown species), 1 Ocean Sunfish, 5 manx Shearwaters, 10 Greater Shearwaters, 20 Corys shearwaters and 50 Wilsons Storm Petrels.

2010 Update
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, conduct a plankton tow 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 or online. The trips sail from July 1 until Labor Day on the following days- Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat and Sun. The fare is $59 for adults and $25 for kids 5- 12 years of age. Children under 5 are always free.

On these trips you have a chance to spot the following species:

Cetaceans: Humpback, Fin, Right, Sei and Sperm 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 Audobon'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 and Bonaparte's Gulls.


Our Whale Watching and Marine Cruise is now completed for the 2009 season. Thanks to everyone who joined us on our very successful trips this summer. Don't forget to check back in Spring for our 2010 Schedule. Hope to see you then!!

Tuesday September 1
Today was another spectacular day Whale Watching on the Viking Starship! We found a large fin whale very quickly into the trip (est. @ 70 ft long) and we were able to watch it for over an hour as it displayed some great blows and people were able to capture many great photos. There was also a minke whale swimming in the same area. We then went searching for more cetaceans and found another smaller fin whale. This whale lunged once, followed by a couple of breathing sequences. After leaving the fin whale, we headed back towards Montauk, only to find ourselves surrounded by 80-100 bottlenose dolphin (inshore subspecies). They put on a great show, porpoising, breaching, and tail slapping.  As usual, we found many pelagic birds, but counts were made.  Total for the trip: 2 fin whales, 1 minke whale, 80-100 bottlenose dolphins

Monday August 31st
Excellent visibility and calm seas were no help today. We travelled to the areas where we had been finding whales and birds, but were unsuccessful again today. Few birds, and a breaching basking shark were all that were seen. Today's total; 1 Basking Shark, 12 Cory's Shearwaters, 1 Greater Shearwater and 60 Wilson's Storm Petrels.


Sunday August 30th
A tough day. Torn between the desire to find whales and the potential for high seas- we decided to head out knowing that conditions were safe enough albeit rough. We reached the whale grounds by 11am, but by then many people were unwell and we decided to conduct a slow turn back while looking for whales. We found a blue shark and some pelagic birds but no whales. Totals for today's trip included 1 blue shark, 20 Cory's Shearwaters, 20 Greater Shearwaters and 70 Wilson's storm petrels
Tuesday August 25th
One of the best days of the Year
We had reports of a few whales not far from where we were headed. Our first whale, a fin whale, was seen just after 11:00am. We saw about four fin whales, but they were staying down for long times. Within an hour, we found some minke whales. We began our way home and were pleasantly suprised by an amazing congregation of 12 fin whales and 2 more Minkes. The totals for todays trip were 15 fin whales and 4 Minke whales, 75 Corys Shearwaters, 3 Greater Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater and 200 Wilsons Storm Petrels.

Sunday August 16th
Dolphins & Whales
An amazing trip! We headed out and found a group of 100 Common dolphins at 10:30 am. By 10:50 we found the first pair of the 9 Fin whales seen during the trip (3 cow/calf pairs + 3 singletons). We also encountered at least 8 Minke whales. What a day! Totals for the day: 9 Fin whales, 8 Minke Whales, 100 Common dolphins, 200 Wilson’s Storm Petrels, 200 Greater Shearwaters, and 60 Cory’s Shearwaters.

Tuesday August 11th
Basking Shark, Dolphins, and Humpbacks
A long day, but well worth it!! We headed to several whale areas before finally finding something breaching a few miles from us. It was a massive basking shark, somewhere between 15-18ft. After leaving the basking shark, at 1.30pm, we found 60 Common dolphins a few minutes later. They gave us some good views as they rode our bow wave and wake. On our way back we found a humpback calf who checked us out repeatedly diving under as and coming up next to us. A short while later we found mom aswell. All in all today we saw 1 basking Shark, 60 common dolphins, 2 humpback whales, 150 Wilsons Storm Petrels, 25 Corys Shearwaters and 10 Greater Shearwaters, 1 manx shearwater and 2 Northern Gannets.

Monday August 10th
A long trip to Coxes Ledge wasn’t successful. We traveled and looked hard, but found no whales today. We’ll try again tomorrow. Totals for the day; 1 Blue shark, 1 Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle, 200 Wilson’s Storm Petrels, 50 Corys Shearwaters, 50 Greater Shearwaters. 1 Manx Shearwater, and 3 Northern Gannets.


Sunday August 9
1 Fin Whale- Briefly

A day of unlimited visibility and reports of whales was promising. We headed towards where whales were seen yesterday and found a fin whale shortly after 11:00am. The whale blew twice, then dove. We waited for 30 minutes for the whale to resurface, but it didn't, at least not near us. We then headed to the east of another whale sighting from yesterday, but to no avail. In total on todays trip we saw 1 fin whale, 1 Pomaine Jaeger, 150 Wilsons Storm Petrels, 50 Corys Shearwaters and 15 Greater Shearwaters.

Tuesday August 4
Dolphins, tuna, Pelagic birds and FOG
We left the dock under sunny skies, looking forward to getting offshore to find cetaceans and pelagic birds, and to avoid some of the oppresive heat on land. As we neared the Montauk Point Lighthouse, pea-soup thick fog rolled in. We knew that the fog was patchy and we were determined to find clearings and life. We continued out, and once we found a clearing, we found cetaceans - Short beaked common dolphins. A group of 30 dolphins swam towards us, around us, and under our bow for some timed, giving everyone an excellent view of adults and calves, We headed further out and again found  fog; then clearing; then more fog, etc. For many hours and many miles, we searched for other cetaceans and openings in the fog. We returned to the area we visited yesterday and with good
visibility, once again, we found lots of tuna and pelagic birds. Although we had reports of fin whales in the area, we didn’t find them today. We had to “settle” for some amazing views of dolphins, tuna, pelagic birds, and the interactions between them. Our totals for the day: 30 Common Dolphins, 96 Greater Shearwaters, 67 Cory’s Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 169 Wilson’s Storm Petrels, 2 Black Terns, 2 Parasitic Jaegers (bird counts courtesy of Shaibal Mitra).

Monday August 3
Tuna, Herring, Dolphins, and Whales
Conditions were perfect today- great visibility, good seas, and a cool breeze. We headed to the area in which we have been seeing whales for the past 3 weeks. As we got there we saw thousands of tuna jumping out in all different directions- acres of tuna. They were feeding on herring which in turn were jumping up in small groups and large shoals, also called "bait showers" and we knew that we should soon see cetaceans. We found a group of 30 common dolphins at 11:45. At 12:15 a minke whale blew briefly and left. At 12:20 a 75 foot fin whale made an appearance- we were able to observe it for some time and several before we headed home. Our totals for the day were- 1 Fin Whale, 1 Minke Whale, 30 Common Dolphins, 300 Wilson't Petrels, 500 Greater Shearwaters, 300 Cory's Shearwaters, and 1 Immature Northern Gannet.

Sunday August 2
Fin Whales and Dolphins

The Viking Fleet/CRESLI whale watch went on the 140' Viking Starship to accommodate all of our passengers. Conditions were excellent and our first whales were seen just after 11:00 am. Six fin whales, including 2 mother/calf pairs were found during the two hours on the "whale grounds". The whales were occasionally elusive, but we did get some views, even though some would stay down for over 15 minutes. Just next to the lighthouse we found over 100 bottlenose dolphins on our way back in. Totals for the day: 6 Fin whales, 100+ Bottlenose dolphins, 250 Wilson's Storm Petrls, 250 Greater Shearwaters, 300 Cory's Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Immature Gannet.


Tuesday July 28
Dolphins & More Dolphins
A long ride to get clear of the fog brought us to where we expected to find some cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) and we did. A group of 30 common dolphins spent 30 minutes swimming around us porpoising, riding our bow waves, and giving everyone a good view. We spent several more hours searching and found another group of dolphins nearer to home. They too rode our bow waves, giving people a good view. Totals for the day: 40 Common dolphins, 200 Cory's Shearwaters, 200 Greater Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater, 500 Wilson's Storm Petrels, and 2 immature Northern Gannets.


Monday July 27
Camera Shy Fin Whales
Today's good visibility made it easier than yesterday to find whales. Our first blows were seen at 11:30am. The whale blew several times before submerging for more than 10 minutes. Our second whale- a 60ft fin whale- did the same, a few blows and then a long dive of 10+ minutes. Our third encounter was a a fin whale that stayed down for twenty minutes. They were elusive and camera shy but we did see them. Totals for the day- 3 fin whales, 200 Cory's Shearwaters, 200 Greater Ghearwaters, 500 Wilson's Storm petrels, 1 Mature Northern Gannet, 1 Parasitic Jaeger, and 1 Sooty Shearwater.

Sunday July 26
Fin Whales in the Fog
Conditions started out well enough with 5 miles of visibility but as we got to the whale grounds mother nature and physics conspired to bring us some fog. The sea surface temperature was in the mid 50's and the fog closed in. After searching the whale grounds, we headed east, then south in an effort to find whales and openings in the fog. We decided to head back and on our way to the dock-just where we expected- we found 3 fin whales. A 70ft cow and her 30ft calf, accompanied by a 50ft individual. We have to give credit to one of our passengers that saw the whale in the fog off the stern. The trip was a communal effort- everyone helped to make it a success. Totals for the day: 3 Fin Whales, 200 Wilson's Petrels, 50 Greater Shearwaters, 100 Cory's Shearwaters, and 1 Gannet.

Monday July 20
Another Winnier- 25 Fin Whales!
Once again we had reports of whales 18 miles out, but decided to head to the area we had been seeing whales, birds, and bait. Out first whales had been spotted at 11:05- fin whales- just about 10 miles out. We spent an hour with our first group of 9 fin whales then moved slightly to another group of 7. We then went on to observe a widely scattered group of 9 more fin whales. We had whales everywhere we looked and it made for one of our best trips thus far. Today's totals: 25 Fin whales, 200 Cory's Shearwaters, 200 Greater Shearwaters, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, and 100 Wilson's Storm Petrels. For some info on Fin Whales click HERE
Sunday July 19
Whales, whales, and more whales!
We had reports of whales near where we left them last week, so we headed out back that way. We saw our first blows at 11am- it was a mother and a calf humpbacks. There were also fin whales near by and after spending some time with the humpbacks we headed towards them. We saw a total of 5 fin whales including one mother/calf pair that spend some time very close to us. We laft them after awhile and checked out the humbacks again- before calling it a day and heading back home. Our totals for the day were- 5-7 Fin whales, 2 Humpback whales, 410 Wilson's Storm Petrels, 270 Greater Shearwaters, 80 Cory's Shearewaters, 13 Sooty Shearwaters, and 4 Gannets.

Tuesday July 14
What a Trip!!
The Viking Star got a report of many whales about 16 miles south of the point today. We headed there and found our first whale just about 10 miles from the point. Within two hours of being there, we had seen 14 Fin whales, including 4 cow and calf pairs!! Our biggest females were nearly 80 feet long and we had at least 4 more whales which were in the 70-75 range. With reports of whales still to the south, we headed out again and found 5 more whales, 2 cow and calf pairs and a singleton, before heading home. In total today we saw 19 Fin Whales, 100 Corys Shearwaters, 50 Greater Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater and 5 Manx Shearwaters. All in all, it was a fantastic trip!! During July and August the Viking Star will sail every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 9.30am. To make reservations for our Whale Watch trips, call our office on 631 668 5700 or alternatively, reserve your tickets online by clicking HERE.

Monday July 13
Fin Whales at Coxes Ledge
The Viking Star headed to Fairway buoy- southeast of Block Island, near the western edge of Coxes Ledge. Whales had been spotted there yesterday and the day before. At 12:09 we saw our first blows- those of a fin whale. There were a total of 2 fin whales- a mother and a calf. The mother was staying underwater 5-12 minutes per dive while the calf was diving for 3-7 minutes on average. We were able to stay with the whales for about an hour, after which we had to head back to the dock. Today's tally: 2 Fin Whales, 400 Cory's Shearwaters, 200 Greater Shearwaters, and 150 Wilson's Storm Petrels.

Sunday July 12
So close and yet, so far
A fellow boat reported seeing humpback and minke whales seen at Coxes Ledge yesterday, so we were determined to head in that direction, but had to contend with 4 -5 foot seas rolling from the SW. We decided to head south to the area where whales were seen last week and then east, providing us with a bouncy ride south, and a better ride east (instead of a potentially bouncier ride by heading ESE from Montauk directly to Coxes Ledge). While seabirds (our usual assortment of Cory’s, Greater, and the occasional Sooty Shearwater, and Wilson’s Storm Petrels, and a few Gannets) abounded, we didn’t find whales and had to turn at 13:10 for the 3 hour trip back to the dock, looking all the while. Just as we passed near Montauk Light, we got a report that there were whales at Coxes Ledge almost 2.5 hours after we left and about 0.5 miles from where we turned around. We know where we are going tomorrow. Today’s totals: ~200 Wilson’s Storm petrels; ~150 Cory’s Shearwaters; ~100 Greater Shearwaters; 5 Sooty Shearwaters; 2 immature Northern Gannets.

For photos of the pelagic birds from our last 2 trips, click here

Click HERE to read Russell Drumms article about whale watching with the Viking Fleet featured in the East Hampton Star!!

Whale Watching Reports
July 7th 2009
A valiant effort came up short today, with regard to finding cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises).  The Viking Star and its crew of Viking and CRESLI personnel headed to where we had been seeing whales, dolphins, pelagic bird, and many sand eels; but only the birds were in the offing. 
While we had reports of dolphins another two hours out from where we were, that was too far to travel, so Captain Carl and Dr. Artie decided to head east (the direction the humpback whales had been slowly heading on Sunday), but to no avail. 
There were plenty of pelagic birds seen on this leg of this first third of the trip, including a Pomarine Jaeger and scores of Greater and Cory’s Shearwaters,  and many large rafts of 50 + Wilsons Storm-Petrels, but no cetaceans or sand eels (at least not the large areas of sand eels patches from the surface to  150 feet down).
We headed South to the 30 fathom contour; the west into the center of Block Channel and then North to Montauk Point.  Once again, the pelagic birds were numerous, including several immature Northern Gannets, and a black tern just south of the Montauk Point.   No whales, but a good trip any way.

July 6th 2009
Whales & Dolphins
The Viking Star headed toward the area where we sighted whales the day before. On our way we heard of whales near yesterday's sighting spot- they were even closer in today. As we headed into the Whale Grounds, thick fog rolled in and we had to try and listen for the whales. Once the fog lifted, Captain Joe and Naturalist Dr. Artie decided to head towards the reported sightings that morning. In due course we found 5 humpback whales (including 1 mother/calf pair) some of which were seen by us yesterday. The humpbacks were followed by 60 Atlantic white-sided dolphins and hundreds of shearwaters. End tally was 200 Corys, 100 Shearwaters, 20 Sooty, and a few dozen Wilsons Storm Petrels. Another great trip!

July 5th 2009
On the Inagural trip of the 2009 Whale Watch season in Montauk NY (our first local regularly scheduled trip in 7 years) the Viking Fleet and the CRESLI crew found several large feeding groups of Humpback Whales about 2 hours out from the dock. We spent 2 hours with a group of 14 Humpbacks including 3 mother and calf pairs who were feeding ferociously on dense patches of sand eels. Bubble cloud feeding, kick feeding and surface lunges were seen almost continuously. On our way to the Whales and flying over the bubble clouds and Whales were hundreds of Corys, Great Shearwaters, about 75 Wilson's Storm Petrels, about 20 Soothing Shearwaters and a few immature Northern Gannets. Another group of about 15 Whales were seen in the distance. Captain Joe returned to the dock at about 3.30pm with some very happy Whale watchers. This was a phenomenal start to our 2009 Whale Watch Season so come on out and join us. The Viking Star is sailing every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 9.30am. You can check out some awesome shots HERE .


Viking Family Whale Watch and Marine Cruise 2009
Join the Viking Fleet on a true family friendly Montauk adventure! The Viking fleet and CRESLI are now offering special family friendly marine cruises focusing on the sightings of the ocean! Enjoy a day on the water with your family looking for whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sea birds, and ocean sunfish. Along the way view Montauk lighthouse and all the landmarks of the east end. A qualified naturalist/marine biologist will narrate the tour, conduct a plankton tow and answer all of your questions! The Viking boats have clean restrooms, comfortable seating, and a full galley on board. Parking is free of charge. We strongly recommend reservations. Call or purchase your tickets online at

*Departs from the Viking Dock in Montauk Harbor aboard the 110ft Viking Star.

July and August ONLY
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday - 9:30am – 3:00pm


Adults: $49

Kids (5-12): $19
Kids (under 5): Free

2009 Offshore Whale Watch One special Trip only
For 2009 we will have one offshore whale watching trip August 16, 2009.

We hope to see the following:

Cetaceans: Humpback, Fin, Minke, Right; Sei, Sperm 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.


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, Harring, Bonaparte’s Gulls.

This offshore trip is on the 140’ Viking Starship that can sleep up to 65 passengers in navy bunk style. Excellent food will be available at reasonable prices. Passengers may bring their own food as well. The trips will be lead by a seasoned mammal biologist and professor. Volunteers from CRESLI will assist in photo-identification, spotting and data collection.

August 16-18, 2009 (51 hours)
Price: $310, for CRESLI Members it is $275

Departs from the Viking Dock in Montauk Harbor at 7:00 PM on August 16th and head to Martha’s Vineyard (MV) to pick up and drop off passengers. We expect to arrive at Oak Bluffs in MV at around 12:30 am on the 17th; we leave MV at 1:00am and proceed to the GSC. We should reach the whale grounds around bay 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 MV got land-based birding, hiking, or other activities. The vessel will ultimately depart MV at 4:30 pm on August 18th and return to Montauk at 10:30 pm on August 18th

For information and reservations for the offshore multi-day Great South Channel trip, click here…

2016 Great South Channel trip – August 14-16, 2016.  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 have now had 962 humpback encounters in our trips to the Great South Channel, Stellwagen Bank, and locally. With the assistance of the Gulf of Maine Humpback group, the Center for Coastal Studies, Allied Whale, and the FlukeMatcher groups on Flickr and Facebook we have, photo-identified 375 different whales during these trips.


We are planning one trip to the Great South Chanel in August 14-16, 2016 (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 14, 2016 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 8/15; 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, o, if the weather is poor, 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 8/16 and return to Montauk at 10:30 PM on 8/16/16.

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




·         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; 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; Greater Black-backed, Herring, and Bonaparte’s Gulls.


 Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph. D.

President, Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island