I did an impromptu trip yesterday and was very pleased with the results .

We cruised east of Montauk and south of Block Island to where the whales and other sea life was feeding.

The Fin whale show was exceptional. Short nosed dolphins were in the hundreds.

Cory's and Great Shearwaters were present in large numbers, offering study at close range both on the wing and sitting on the surface. Large numbers of Wilson's Storm-petrels were present as well.

No less than 10 Sooty Shearwaters were seen, as well as one Manx Shearwater seen well.

For those unfamiliar, the very large vessel used is part of the "Viking Fleet" and is **very stable**, so more suited for those who despair of mal de mer. The trips are also very reasonably priced, and you are back at the dock by 3:30pm the same day.

We did not have a rarity as had been reported recently, but the trip's results were excellent nevertheless. One thing is for certain, each trip is unique so one never knows what will show up when...

Arie Gilbert
North Babylon, NY


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