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Winter Seal Walk Dates Set at Cupsogue

The program is run by The Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island.

Seal walks at Cupsogue Beach are back.

The Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island has announced its schedule for the winter walks, which start on Dec. 23.

The society's one-mile walks, which last about 2 hours, provide an opportunity to see harbor and gray seals up close.

Those species are historically abundant in Long Island waters, but in recent years, the society said, there have been spotting of rare “arctic” species such as harp, hooded, and ringed seals.

The walks, which are suitable for children, start at the western end of the Cupsogue parking lot and participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.

Pre-registration is required for the walks and can be made online by clicking here or by calling (631) 244-3352. There is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. All donations will be used to support the society.

The following is the Seal Walk Schedule: 

• Dec. 23, 9 a.m.

• Dec. 29, noon

• Dec. 30, 1 p.m.

• Jan 6, 7 a.m.

• Jan 12, noon

• Jan. 13, 12:30 p.m.

• Jan 26., 11 a.m.

• Jan. 27, noon

• Feb. 9, 11 a.m.

• Feb. 10, noon

• Feb. 23, 10 a.m.

• Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.

• March 9, 10 a.m.

• March 10, noon

• March 23, 9:30 a.m.

• March 24, 10:30 a.m.

• April 6, 9:30 a.m.

• April 7, 10:30 a.m.

• April 20, 8:30 a.m.

• April 21, 9 a.m.

• May 4, 8:30 a.m.

• May 5, 9 a.m.

• May 11, 1 p.m.

• May 12, 2 p.m.

oonald January 05, 2013 at 08:20 PM
I think there should be a study on how the seal are destroying the flat fish and winter fish.You say that seals are historically abundant on Long Island, well I'm fifty years old and if you saw a seal when I was a child you ran home to get a camera to take a picture. I think the seal population has gone wild in the last twenty years. Perhaps a bayman can confirm what I say ??????? . Shinnecock bay has between fifty to seventy living in the east cut on a sand bar, north east of the inlet. A good pair of binocular can see them from both sides of the inlet. Sh or Hb not sure what to do, we need our fish to eat, A seal can eat 20 to 30 pounds of fish per day, times that by 50 seals. But the seals are protected by fed law. Something to think about people, can't eat a seal

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