Saturday February 23, 2019 - Yesterday
started out as the best seal observation day since last spring,
with the most seals on the rocks that we have seen this season.
However, the arrival of a single kayaker at 1:40 put an end to the good
seal watching long before low tide, which was unfortunate for the many seal seekers who came out on a sunny afternoon.
looks like a classic setup for the seals to be run off the rocks once again by
watercraft, so anyone hoping to see seals on Saturday had better arrive
early in the ebb tide.
The seals' rest period should extend into the evening if
they are left undisturbed by watercraft, but we would not count on
that today. Weekend afternoons with light wind are the times
when the seals are most frequently chased from their haul-out rocks,
but sometimes we are surprised and the seals are left alone to bask in
peace. Today is the last chance for good seal observation until next
weekend, so we are going for a seal hike right around noon to see if we
can stay a step ahead of the seal spooking watercraft, and
to document yet another weekend seal harassment event should this
conditions are sloppy but improving, as most of the slush has turned to
mud. When the going gets sloppy, we stick to the main
straight road and the beach on our seal
hikes for the best, least messy footing. We
will be at Rome Point to share
our spotting scope and seal stories with all
interested visitors, so pack up the kids and make the trek to
Rome Point if you care to join us for the last day what has been the best
winter break school vacation seal
show in many years.
regards to all of our seal watching friends and acquaintances,
especially to some who we did not meet up with on the beach this year.
We missed seeing a few of our long-time seal seeking compatriots
this season; seasons of the seals move along, and
friends come and go as time passes. 2019 marks our 19th year of seal
watching at Rome Point, with just over 900 observations recorded, and many
memories of special days shared with family, friends, and fellow seal seekers
will always be ours to treasure.
Here is a link to video showing an incredible
aggregation of Grey seals on Cape Cod at Monomoy. Grey
Seals on the Beach at Cape Cod
of our seal watching friends have shown an interest in
sharks; this website is dedicated to tracking sharks
tagged with GPS satellite transponders. Ocearch
We have posted some short seal videos to Youtube
for your seal watching amusement. Seal Pup Follies was
in Maine in June 2012 and Linebelly Rising is a
clip showing the Rome Point kingpin climbing to the top of his favorite
the Internet home of the Rome Point harbor seal colony in
Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.
web site is the place to learn where, when, and how to
observe harbor seals from the shore of the John H.Chafee
at Rome Point, located in North Kingstown, RI.
is the best place in southern New England to observe large numbers of
wintering harbor seals from
I have had the
pleasure of enjoying more than 900 seal walks and sharing close-up
of the seals through my spotting scope with at least 10,000 friends,
neighbors, and seal seekers from all over the world. Rome
Point is one of Rhode Island's most
natural treasures, and on a good day the seal watching
using appropriate sport optics rivals any wildlife sightings you are likely to observe in most US
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
published as a public service by amateur naturalists on a volunteer
basis. Thanks for visiting Romepointseals.org!