Rome Point Seals

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 Seal Observation Journal

Friday, January 19, 2018  Seal watching continues to be a very occasional activity for us, but things are shaping up for good seal watching this weekend. We had a pleasant seal scouting trip today, and we enjoyed a nice seal observation by late January standards. The trail conditions are OK in the woods, but the road that leads directly to the beach is iced up for about 100 yards starting at the bottom of the hill. When that ice starts to melt it will be extremely slippery, so anyone going that way should stay to the side of the path to avoid falling on the wet ice.

For this weekend, the afternoon is suitable for good seal observation tide-wise. So far this season, we consider ourselves fortunate to enjoy just one successful seal hike per week, as poorly timed tides, harsh weather and human activity in the area have all been counterproductive for good seal watching so far this winter. It seems whenever the tide is right, the weather window closes, and when the tide timing is poor, we get a brief run of half-decent weather. This happens every seal season, but this winter it has been a regular occurance for the past three tide cycles, so we are now completing six-week stretch with maybe one good seal day every seven days. In our 18 years of regularly visiting Rome Point, seal watching has never been worse that it has been so far this season, but we remain confident that better seal observation opportunities will occur on the Rome Point shore... eventually. The tide and wind setup this weekend is good for mid-afternoon seal watching, so we are keeping our fingers that seal observation will be taking a turn for the better at last.

Happy New Year to all our seal watching friends, hope to see you on the beach at Rome Point this winter!
The Seal Observation Journal link now contains the most recent observations, as well as the observations log dating back to 2008 on a single page.

Here is a link to a video showing an incredible aggregation of Grey seals on Cape Cod at Monomoy. 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 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 800 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!