Dr.Artie K. offered me a very special volunteer position filming whales and seabirds for their research during some of the earliest offshore trips (great south channel and the canyons) back in 2003. This also aided me in collecting data for an undergraduate honors project, arranged by Dr.Paul Forestell of Long Island University. These days spent on the water with Artie and the CRESLI team are amongst the most eye-opening, educational, and distinctive memories of my life. I witnessed my first mass feeding aggregations and first made eye contact with a humpback whale during the course of that summer. I've never once turned back - they became my life's passion and led to so many of the great blessings I have today. I don't know that I have ever thanked Artie enough, so here it is. You fundementally changed my life for the better and the whale research community is a better group with you and CRESLI in it.
Great tour....they do an excellent job explaining what may be seen, the volunteers were awesome at sighting and identifying what they spitted and everyone was very friendly and helpful. Definitely would do it again if the opportunity arises! A great team that cares about our oceans & environment!
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This past summer was my second year volunteering with CRESLI. I have volunteered two summers doing the whale watches, and one winter doing seal walks. I've been on many whale watches in the past, and CRESLI is definitely number one on the list. Not only does CRESLI have a terrific success rate, but the biologist on board, Artie Kopelman, makes for an unforgettable ride. The trips are always informative and entertaining, and I highly recommend the three day offshore whale watching trip through the Great South Channel. Whether its a day trip, or the extended trip, you won't be disappointed! The seal walks in the winter months are also enjoyable, who doesn't love brisk walks in the morning to scope out some seals?! I highly recommend this organization if you're looking for a eco-friendly, educational activity, you won't regret it! Get out and enjoy nature with CRESLI!
Thanks for your comments. and your work as a volunteer.
I first met Artie on a whale watch out of Breezy Point, NY. We chatted while we were taking pictures of whales just south of Manhattan on cruise where he was a naturalist. Artie told me about a big whale watching trip he organizes each year out to the Great South Channel, which is north and east of Nantucket. It sounded interesting, so I researched it a little more and decided to join the trip. That was two years ago, when we saw over 100 humpback whales exhibiting every kind of behavior that a whale enthusiast would ever want to see (full breaching, tail and fin slapping, bubble feeding, spy hopping, etc.) . I took the same trip this year in August 2015 (for the second year in a row), and somehow it topped last year's incredible sights. Artie's team is professional, yet laid back, and extremely personable. I consider myself beyond lucky to have met Artie (and the rest of his great crew), and will be going joining his trips for as long as he continues to put them on! Thanks, Artie!
Thanks Scott. Glad to have you on board!
I was working in New York and was missing my California home. Dr. Kopelman was kind enough to allow me to volunteer on the whale cruises and the Trip to the Great South Channel. For several years I enjoyed my summer Sundays cruising off the east coast in search of turtles, dolphins, whales, migrant birds, and brilliant blue sharks. During one of our trips we saw a not only a whale but a shark breach several times. It was amazing. Dr. Kopelman is a mentor to all with kindness, professionalism, and a heartfelt stewardship for ocean conservation education. Kudos to a wonderful non-profit life changing group!
Thanks so much.
Dr Kopleman is a mine of information and a passionate conservationist. CRESLI's work on behalf of marine life is second to none.
Thanks so much for your support
CRESLI does wonderful work, not just as researchers and advocates, but as a community-minded organization, educating locals and visitors about our diverse coastal environment.
Than you for your support
Cresli is an outstanding organization that provides education not only about marine mammals and birds, but also advocates for the protection of the marine environment. The cruises conducted by cresli are wonderful educational experiences.
Always a great time on the whale watching trips and seal walks, learn lots of great information and have a great time while learning.
CRESLI is a fantastic organization. With whale watches in the summer and seal walks in the winter, CRESLI constantly helps people connect to the environment that is in their backyard. Staff are fun, knowledgeable, and good at spotting stuff.
While summer whale tours are a bit of a drive for most Long Islanders (boat leaves from Montauk Harbor) success rates are high and you have the opportunity to see lots of critters - whales, dolphins, sharks (potentially including hammer head, blue, basking), sun fish, sea turtles (kemps ridley, leatherback), and tons of birds!
Thanks so much!
Having never seen a whale, I was looking forward to this outing. It more than met my expectations. The viewing was spectacular, and the trip was well organized. Photo ops abounded, including pelagic birds, plus lots of information to digest. This organization is providing a valuable service in helping to protect and understand these magnicent creatures.
Don, Shelter Island, NY
Thanks for your review and comment. It means a lot to us.
Cresli is a non profit that has educated me about the importance of marine mammals. This became much more apparent to me through experiencing these animals in their natural habitats. The ability to see these animals and how they live in our waters is eye opening. It shows that what we (humans) do effects everything around us and the quality of life of other species.
Went on the 7.26.15 whale watching trip on the Viking Starship. We saw 16 fin whales, 2 minke whales, and 60 short beaked common dolphins. The CRESLI and Viking crew were amazing, informative, and helpful. Seeing these animals in their natural habitat was a dream come true. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and would love to take another trip with them if we are ever in Montauk again.
Wow - thank you so much for your suupport and comments
Passenger or volunteer, one of the best ways to experience the thrill and beauty of observing marine life in and around Long Island is on board a Viking Cruise Sunday Whale Watching excursion.
Trips provide guests an entertaining atmosphere to listen and learn from experts in the field.
When we return passengers depart with a greater understanding and appreciation for our environment then when they arrived.
It is inspiring volunteering for an organization whose goal is to teach and educate the public about the importance of preserving and protecting our environment and the marine life that lives in and around Long Island for future generations.
Thanks Steve; it's always a pleasure to work with you
Amazing educational programs that helped foster in my kids a love of nature.
Personal Applause and Gratitude to Cresli
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island Dr. Arthur Kopleman President.
During a morning Winter of 2013 there was an oil spill
The oil was surrounding a full haul out of Seals Cupsogue in Westhampton.
My calls to local agencies were missing the mark.
I frantically sent an email to Dr. Koplemen about the situation
He was 60 miles away at the time in a meeting, with almost immediate response back to me .
From there, he contacted correct agencies.
It was sad and scary to see the seals that day.
Some seals took a big hit.
More were spared because of the quick response of Dr. Kopleman.
Tyanks Patty for your kind comments and your work (and Mike's) as volunteers
This is my second season as a volunteer for CRESLI. Dr. Arthur Kopelman leads the organization, and the Whale Watch trips with exceptional expertise providing not only an incredible animal encounter experience, but an educational one. The trip is filled with information about all types of marine and avian life that can be encountered on the trip. The crew of the Viking Fleet, as well as the other CRESLI volunteers only enhance the already amazing experience. Get out there people... experience nature!
Thanks Dennis for your comments and for your work as a volunteer.
I have been a crew trainee on the Unicorn tall ship during the last two summers. I got lots of learning, lots of new experiences and not much sleep. This year I discovered CRESLI. It is an experience anyone of any age and physical ability can do. I needed to slow down but my time on board was always interesting and relaxed with informative tutoring from the crew. I could not have believed I could see so many whales in a few days. I remain in awe of the experience and hope to return next summer.