Wed July 17 – Whale Watching
Well, it was bound to happen. After 29 consecutive trips with whales/dolphins since July 2017, we were unable to find them today. The haze and occasional limited visibility made it difficult to spot then from a distance. We covered 45 nautical miles in our search but no whales or dolphins. There was bait, bunker, and a few pelagic birds, even an unidentified shark, and an ocean sunfish, but no cetaceans. We will try again on Friday 9/19/19. One plus was the cool sea surface temperatures that kept us in sweatshirts, while folks were sweltering on land. Another plus was seeing a submarine headed out to sea.
1 unidentified shark
1 ocean sunfish2 Cory’s shearwaters
11 Wilson’s storm petrels
Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.President, Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
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