Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Seal Walk at Cupsogue Beach

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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On Saturday November 18, at 11:00 am, the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) leads a beach walk at Cupsogue Beach County Park that is fun and informative for the whole family.

Cupsogue Beach is located at the western end of Dune Road in Westhampton Beach. The walks cover about 1.3 miles and last about two hours.

Courtesy of CRESLI

Participants should arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure, dressed warmly in layers and wearing waterproof shoes. For your comfort, bring along an extra pair of socks and shoes to change into after walking the beach.

CRESLI suggests donations of $5.00 per adult (over 18) and $3.00 per child (18 and under) to help support their ongoing seal research programs. Season passes are also available.

The seal walk is subject to weather conditions.

Pre-registration is required. For dates and times of walks and registration, visit: http://www.cresli.org/cresli/seals/sealwalk_Cupsogue.html, make a reservation at http://www.cresli.org/cresli/reservations/seal_walk_reservations.html, and call 631-319-6003 for changes or cancellation.

 

Facts and warnings about seals, courtesy of CRESLI:

  • They can hold their breath for a long time during dives, using oxygen stored in the blood and muscles as well as the lungs.
  • Seals have a thick blubber layer and a counter-current heat exchange system, which combined with fur, protects them from the loss of heat to the water and the frigid climates in which they live.
  • They have large eyes enabling them to see quite well both above and below the water and have a well-developed sense of hearing and sensitive whiskers.
  • Seals feed mainly on fish, crustaceans, and shellfish.

If you spot a seal:

  • Stay at least 50 yards away if you’re on land and 200 yards if you’re in a boat.
  • Never get in the water with a seal.
  • Don’t feed the seal.

If you see a sick or dead marine mammal or sea turtle, please call the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Hotline at 631-369-9829. Thereafter, please fill out a CRESLI sighting report form: http://www.cresli.org/cresli/sighting.html.

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