Did you know that you can see beautiful whales right here on Long Island? Long Island Whale Watching is a great activity for anyone, young to old.
Join us on the Atlantic Pearl during the summer and fall months, when migration patterns bring whales to the New York coast. Our captain is skilled at finding the best whale and dolphin watching spots, so keep your cameras and binoculars at the ready. You don’t want to miss your chance to see these majestic creatures as they move through the waves and leap from the water. Pay attention to the captain and crew – you just might learn a thing or two about whales and other local wildlife along the way!
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What kind of whales can you see on one of our Whale Watching Cruises?
Most of the whales you will see on our trips will be Humpback Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins, but there are lots of other whales that live in the Atlantic Ocean. Below you will find information on the species we see most frequently.
Bottlenose dolphins are found throughout the world in both offshore and coastal waters. They get their name from their short thick snouts and are generally gray in color. These dolphins can be between 6-13 feet in length and weigh between 300-1,400 pounds. They have a lifespan of 40-60 years and enjoy a diet of fish, squid, and crustaceans like crabs and shrimpMore Information on Bottlenose Dolphin
Short-Beaked Common Dolphin
Common dolphins are one of the most abundant dolphins in the world. Adults reach about 6 feet in length and weigh up to 170 pounds. These dolphins have very distinctive body coloration. They have a dark gray cape that extends from their head to their dorsal fin where a "V" is visible on both sides. Starting behind the head is a yellow/tan panel followed by a light gray color at the rear of the body. Common dolphins eat a diet of fish and squid.More information on Short-Beaked Common Dolphin
Humpback whales are found around the world. They travel very long distances each year and have one of the longest migrations of any mammal on the planet. Some swim 5,000 miles between breeding and feeding grounds. These whales can grow to be 60 feet in length and weigh up to 80,000 pounds! Humpbacks feed mostly on krill and small fish and can eat up to 3,000 pounds of food per day. Distinctive features of humpback include their large front flippers and their flukes. The underside of a humpback whales fluke is like a fingerprint that is unique to each whale.More information on Humpback Whale
Fin whales are the second-largest whales in the world reaching lengths of 75-85 feet and weighing up to 160,000 pounds. These giants feed on small fish such as herring and capelin and also eat squid. Fin whales have a sleek, streamlined body with a V-shaped head. Many fin whales have light gray V-shaped "chevrons" behind their heads. The coloration of their lower jaw is very distinctive. The lower jaw is a dark gray color on the left and white on the right side. This coloration is the other way around on their tongue.More information on Fin Whale
North Atlantic Right Whale
North Atlantic right whales are one of the most endangered large whale species in the world. There are only estimated to be about 400 individuals left. These whales can reach lengths of 52 feet and weigh up to 140,000 pounds. Their characteristic feature is raised patches of rough skin called callosities. Each right whale has a unique pattern of callosities which is used to identify them.More information on North Atlantic Right Whale
- For more information on what kind of marine animals live in the waters off of Long Island, you can visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's website!