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New York Times: In 2000, when the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation began running seal-watching cruises on Hempstead Bay, passengers would typically see one or two seals, according to Robert A. DiGiovanni Jr., a biologist and the group’s executive director.

These days, the numbers are far larger, as passengers on one of the foundation’s 2-hour cruises discovered on a sunny Saturday last month. Among them were a group of 11 siblings and cousins who had been given the cruise from their aunt as a Christmas gift.

Read more on the seal-watching tours on Hempstead Bay.

For information and reservations: Seal Watching Cruises at the Riverhead Foundation.

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