Cuttyhunk Seal Cruise

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Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:00am - 2:30pm
Cuttyhunk Ferry Parking Lot
Cuttyhunk Ferry Parking Lot
State Pier
New Bedford, MA 02740

Buzzards Bay is an important stopover location for overwintering marine wildlife, most notably seals of the Northeast region. Join the Lloyd Center for the Environment to discover a small sandbar called “Gull Island” that is situated along the Elizabeth Island chain between Cuttyhunk and Penikese. March is a great time to look for seals that are known haul-out there at low tide. Harbor, Grey, and Harp seals may be present, and Education Specialist Jasmine Smith-Gillen will provide commentary about these fascinating creatures. Views of wintering waterbirds on the boat ride out and at Gull Island can also be expected.

After seal viewing, the boat docks at Cuttyhunk for lunchtime and an opportunity to set foot on the island. At this point, participants are free to venture through town to the lookout, gaining a feel for the unique landscape and enjoying a panoramic view of surrounding waters. For beachcombers, join Jasmine on a nature walk along the shore. In addition to learning about some unique marine wildlife, attendees will hopefully leave with a new appreciation for Buzzards Bay.

Pre-registration required by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 9th. The ticket price includes lunch served on board and a packet of background materials. The vessel has a snack bar (cash only), and there is limited shopping available on Cuttyhunk Island. Please arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. for check-in, boat leaves 10:00 a.m. sharp

Cost: $43 Lloyd Center members, $45 non-members, $20 children

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For more information:
Phone: (508) 990-0505 x13
Category: Lloyd Center for the Environment
Hosted By: Lloyd Center for the Environment
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four harbor seals hauled out on a rock in Buzzards Bay
Thousands of seals and seabirds winter in Buzzards Bay each year. In spring, they return to their northern breeding grounds.

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