12/22/18 5:55am

A group of volunteers rescues a sea turtle in Mattituck. (Credit: Chris Paparo/ Fish Guy Photos)

This past weekend, I was exploring the wrack line at Mattituck Inlet looking for hidden treasures that could be potential story ideas for this month’s column. I was not having much luck finding any gold until I spotted a “rock” a couple hundred yards down the beach.  (more…)

02/03/16 11:33am
(Credit: Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation)

(Credit: Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation)

It was found malnourished and lethargic, but this furry, tired-looking baby seal is now on the mend in Riverhead.

The pup had first been sighted Monday by a passerby on a Hampton Bays beach and was initially monitored by The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

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10/05/15 5:08pm
Estonia, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, was found on Fire Island. She was successfully rehabilitated and released in 2014. (Credit: The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation)

Estonia, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, was found on Fire Island. She was successfully rehabilitated and released in 2014.  (Credit: The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation)

October is Sea Turtle Awareness Month at The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

The Riverhead Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization that also operates the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

Throughout October, the foundation will host lectures to educate the public about the dangers of cold stun, post trivia questions about sea turtles and highlight its rescue success stories. (more…)

05/30/15 9:00am
Tucker slowly makes his way out onto the beach Friday. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Tucker slowly makes his way out onto the beach Friday. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Students, parents and community members crowded behind two ropes in the sand at Bailie Beach Friday afternoon as Cutchogue East sixth graders Maddie Hansen, 11, and Abby Seifert, 12, released harbor seal Tucker back into the wild with members of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

Observers cheered, clapped and snapped pictures as Tucker finally waded into the Long Island Sound after initially being hesitant to leave her cage. (more…)

07/26/14 1:24pm
Joe Laundri of Montauk takes a breather after crossing the finish line of the 12-mile course in the second annual paddle Battle LI. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Joe Laundrie of Montauk takes a breather after crossing the finish line of the 12-mile course in the second annual paddle Battle LI. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Paddle boarders, kayakers and canoers competed for bragging rights on the Peconic River Saturday in the second annual Paddle Battle LI to benefit two East End non-profits. (more…)

10/24/13 12:30pm

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With cold-stun season approaching, endangered sea turtles will be turning up across the island in need of medical care. To help raise awareness and much needed funds, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is hosting its 16th annual 5K Run for the Ridley on Saturday Oct. 26 in Riverhead. (more…)