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*Recent Observations and Reflections*

March 28, 2015 -  We are awaiting the belated arrival of Spring weather, as for the second consecutive Saturday, the weather remains unseasonably wintry. The trail conditions are likely to improve greatly over the next week, but with the icy and muddy woods trails we advise sticking to the beach for the time being. For the upcoming week, morning to early afternoon seal hikes are on tap; by next weekend, the tides shift to a mid-day/afternoon cycle.

We will be away from Rome Point for a while, and we expect that while we are gone, more seals should begin to move into the area from waters to the south. The water temperature, like the weather, remains unusually cold for late March, which is going to make for interesting and unpredictable seal observation in April. In a normal spring, we would be seeing over 100 seals on a regular basis by late March, but this year the seal's northward movements are apparently delayed, as the big numbers of seals have still not moved in to the haul-out rocks. We expect that the month of April will bring the best seal watching of the season, and we can't wait to return to Rome Point to see the amazing marine mammal observations that we hope to witness in a week or two.

Seal seekers should check in here regularly; the water temperature is still in the mid-thirties, but soon the seals will be on the move, resulting in the best seal watching of the season.  The Recent Observations link will dish the latest details about what the seals are up to, so be sure to check that page when you visit the website.  See you on the beach soon!  

 Some of our seal watching friends have shown an interest in sharks; we found this website dedicated to tracking great white sharks that have been tagged with GPS satellite transponders. Ocearch Shark Tracker  Our favorite shark is the legendary Mary Lee, she's a 16 foot, 3500 pound beauty that was tagged off Cape Cod in 2012.

We have posted some short seal videos to Youtube for your seal watching amusement.  Seal Pup Follies was recorded in Maine in June 2012 and contains several interesting interactions between seal pups and adult seals.  Linebelly Rising is a short clip showing the Rome Point kingpin climbing to the top of his favorite pointy rock. 
Video Links:
Seal Action March 2013
Linebelly Rising   
Big Seal Day 2011 
Seal Pup Follies  
Rome Point Seals 2011 

    Welcome to the Internet home of the Rome Point harbor seal colony in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.  This web site is the place to learn where, when, and how to observe harbor seals from the shore of the John H.Chafee Nature Preserve at Rome Point, located in North Kingstown, RI.  Rome Point is the best place in southern New England to observe large numbers of wintering harbor seals from shore. Since 1999, I have had the pleasure of enjoying more than 500 seal walks and sharing close-up views of the seals through my spotting scope with at least 7000 friends, neighbors, and seal seekers from all over the world.  Rome Point is one of Rhode Island's most spectacular natural treasures; on a good day the seal watching experience rivals any wildlife sightings you are likely to observe in most US National Parks.  

   This web site is a guide to having a successful and fun seal watching hike at Rome Point.  The information presented here will enable you to locate and responsibly observe the seals.  This site is published as a public service by amateur naturalists on a volunteer basis.  Thanks for visiting!