Saturday April 07th 2018, Swinburne Island Seals
N winds 5 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Waves on upper NY Harbor were 1 ft or less. Air temp a cold 42 degrees and partly cloudy skies.
A good crowd on the American Princess today
The Seal and Sea Bird watches on the American Princess today was perfect. Charged out of Riis landing and headed straight for Swinburne Island. We were met by 40-45 Harbor Seals and 4-5 Grey Seals. Some Seals hauled out on the rocks during the high tide showing us adorable expressions. There were some Seals frolicking in the water. The show was the Seals that were in the water, they really put on a show!
Many birds out and about but the Northern Gannets are in town and they were plunge-diving all over the place, always fun seeing them dive into the waters. Northern gannets dive vertically into the sea at velocities of up to 60 mph. The Gannets plunge-dives are relatively shallow, but the Northern Gannet can dive as deep as 70 feet, it uses its wings and feet to swim deeper in pursuit of fish.
A great day out on the water today, cant wait for it to get warmer!
I picked up a GoPro and created a 7 second time laps from todays 2 hour seal watch. baby steps with the video format, but I am giving it a go.
Here are the photos.