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Seal walks and cruises along Long Island’s shores

Tina Melkin of Woodbury searches for seals in

Tina Melkin of Woodbury searches for seals in Sloop Channel during the seal walk sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center. Credit: David L. Pokress

Long Island’s coastal waters are a favorite hangout for harbor seals starting around November and lasting until about May. Here are a few worthwhile seal walks and cruises where you can catch sight of the pudgy pinnipeds.

Seal and Whale watching

CRESLI SEAL WALKS,, 631-319-6003. Cupsogue Beach County Park, at the western end of Dune Road, Westhampton Beach. Departs from area near the fence at the western end of the parking lot. Walk is about 1.3 miles round trip and takes about 2 hours; weather permitting. Meet 15 minutes before departure, not suitable for strollers, reservations required. Fee Suggested donation: $5, $3 younger than 18. Season Check website for schedule.

GUIDED SEAL WALKS, Montauk Point State Park (meet at concession area),, 631-668-5000. Two-mile round-trip hike to see seals and learn about their habits, behaviors and population trends. Fee $4, free younger than 3, plus $8 vehicle fee April to mid-Nov., reservations required. Season Nov.-April, call for dates, times.

GUIDED SEAL WALKS, Jones Beach State Park, 516-780-3295, Indoor introduction, followed by an outdoor walk to see seals in the waters surrounding Jones Beach. Fee $4, free younger than 3, reservations required. Season Jan.-March, call for dates and times.

SEAL-WATCHING CRUISES, Captain Lou, Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport; reservations at 516-623-5823, Boats leave out of Freeport, boarding starts at 12:30 p.m. and cruise departs at 1 p.m. A naturalist onboard will discuss the behavior and biology of seals and other wildlife you’ll see. This 2-hour tour includes an open discussion. Heated cabin and food for purchase. Fee Call or check website. Season Sat.-Sun. Jan.-April.

WHALE AND DOLPHIN CRUISES, Captain Lou, Woodcleft Ave., Freeport; reservations at 516-623-5823, Boarding at 11 a.m., boat departs 11:30 a.m. for a four-hour ocean tour. Fee Call or check website. Season through Nov.

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