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*Recent Observations and Reflections*

Friday, April 28, 2017  Our seal watching for the spring 2017 seal season has come to an end, but there will probably still be some seals around to see for the next week or two. For the upcoming weekend, afternoon seal watching could be good, if weather and watercraft are cooperative.  In the Spring, arriving on the seal beach two to three hours before low tide provides the best chance to see a good seal show, because as the weather improves, the possibility that the seals will be flushed by boats or kayaks becomes more likely.

Our spring seal watching this season was greatly curtailed by weather woes, poorly timed tides, and an out of state work trip during the best two weeks for seal observation. However, the good days on the beach that we shared with numerous seal watchers young and old were always great fun, and we are left with renewed appreciation for the opportunity to share our knowledge of marine mammals, and ever-popular spotting scope, with many visitors to Rome Point again this year.  

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has visited this site; your kind words of appreciation are the main reason that we are continuing to maintain this website in the face of seemingly ever-increasing demands on our free time and challenges to our availability to go seal watching and to post timely reports here.  We knew this season was going to be challenging, but thanks to the encouragement of both our long-time seal watching friends and new seal seeking acquaintances, we are going to keep this site up and running... to the best of our sometimes limited capability... for the foreseeable future.  We are moving on to other nature interests now as the seal season comes to an end, but we are already looking forward to another rewarding and fun season of seal observation in the Fall.  Another season of the seals has passed us by, and the pile of sand in the bottom of the hourglass grows ever larger, so for now we bid our seal watching friends a fond farewell once more.  See you in the Fall, and as always Good Luck to All!

Here is a link to a video showing an incredible aggregation of Grey seals on Cape Cod at Monomoy last Spring Grey Seals on the Beach at Cape Cod

Some of our seal watching friends have shown an interest in sharks; this website is dedicated to tracking sharks that have been tagged with GPS satellite transponders. Ocearch Shark Tracker  

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 700 seal walks and sharing close-up views of the seals through my spotting scope with at least 8000 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!