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*Recent Observations and Reflections*

Saturday, February 13, 2016 -  Today marks the start of the winter school vacation week, which is one of our favorite weeks of the year for seal watching. The weather/wind is going to play a role in determining when the best seal observation opportunities will take place and the tide timing is not favorable for getting the week off to a good start. The next couple of days are a deep freeze with high winds, so President's Day Monday is the first good weather window, but with low tide around 7am its going to be an early morning for seal watching. From Wednesday through the rest of the week the tide will be good for morning seal hikes whenever the weather cooperates. We are in an unsettled weather pattern that is fogging up our weather crystal ball, but right now Wed. looks good if there is no precipitation, and Thur. or Fri. look promising if the NW wind stays under 20 mph. Best to check in here again sometime on Monday for a school vacation week update, perhaps the weather picture will be more clear in a couple of days. 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!

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Some of our seal watching friends have shown an interest in sharks; we found this website 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 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!