Location and species

The site consists of Montauk NY and the waters in 30 nautical mile radius around Montauk Point, NY, USA.

The area sees a variety of cetaceans: Northern Right whales, Minke Whales, Sei whales, Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Common Dolphins, Long Finned Pilot Whales, Risso’s Dolphins, Atlantic White-sided Dolphin, White Beaked Dolphin, Killer Whale, Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Striped Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Pygmy Sperm Whales, Beluga Whales, Harbor Porpoise, Sperm Whale, Beaked Whales and Cuvier’s Beaked Whale.

Reasons to become a WHS

Montauk USA has an area within 120 miles of one of the largest metropolitan areas in North America, that is home to nearly 1/4 of the world’s cetacean species. People have been watching whales in the waters here for over 3 decades. The data from trips is publically available and used for geospatial analysis and site fidelity studies. Whales in and around NY seem to be concentrated at either end of Long Island, the eastern end (Montauk) and the western end in NY harbour. The entire area should be ultimately considered a Whale Heritage Site.