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CRESLI marine mammal observations from whale watch cruises 2000-2011

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These data were collected during local (6-8 hour) whale watching trips conducted by the Viking Fleet and CRESLI. Trips originated from Montauk Harbor in Montauk, New York and occurred regularly from 1997-2002 and again from 2009 - the present, during July, August and early September. The data were collected during efforts to gather information about the distribution, abundance, habitat use and site fidelity of cetaceans in the waters around Montauk, New York. The general public were educated, and volunteers were involved in collecting data, as citizen scientists. The data are maintained by CRESLI and are submitted to appropriate catalogs when possible. more

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 New York 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 in addition to our local 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 Channel every August around the time of the new moon (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. We at CRESLI hope that you will join us on our trips. Remember that members do get discounted fares. Go online for info and reservation links. Reservations can also be made online. 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.


Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Inc. (CRESLI), moredata creator

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Dataset information:

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Metadatarecord created: 2013-06-26
Information last updated: 2014-06-05
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