We all know the Hamptons is famous for its summer tourists, but in the Winter the South Fork’s sandy-white beaches attract quite a crowd. Every chic seal knows that the Hamptons are the premier Winter destination.
For humans, the cold winter water may mean fewer beach-bound tourists – the same is not true for seals. Like many northern animal visitors, Pinnipeds (aka seals), are attracted to the South Shore of Long Island to find food. Among the many animals that travel to the Hamptons in the winter, the three most common species are harbor seals, grey seals, and harp seals.
Come see the Seals this Saturday, February 18th at Cupsogue County Park led by an Environmental Educator from The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (SOFO). Great for the whole family, this program is for adults, teens, and children ages 5 and older. Taking place on one the most beautiful beaches in the Hamptons on Dune Road in Westhampton Beach.
“We are fortunate to be able to observe these interesting marine mammals in our area during the winter months. Since they are protected by law we can look forward to seeing more of them in the coming years,” says Melanie Meade, SOFO Education and Outreach Coordinator.
Join the SOFO on a walk toward the ocean at Cupsogue Beach County Park, where you can expect to see some of these seals sunning themselves on the distant sandbar at low tide. Be sure that you come prepared for the cold and wind – bundle up!
Make sure you register in advance, as is required for all events at SOFO. To register, email [email protected] or call (631) 537-9735.
Program attendance is free for members; $15 for adults; $10 for children.
For non-members, attendance will provide free admission to the museum on a day of their choosing. So, one fun day gets you another completely free!
The museum is open every day from 10am–4pm, located at 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton NY 11932.