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*Recent Observations and Reflections*

Friday, November 24, 2017  Seal watching for the fall 2017 seal season should be well underway, but every time we have visited Rome Point on nice weekends, the seals have been driven from their haul-out rocks by boats and/or kayaks in the area. Our seal observation opportunities have admittedly been few so far this season, but it is discouraging to see the seals harassed on all occasions when we have come out to see the seals in October and November. Seal Observation is getting to be almost exclusively a weekday activity during periods of temperate weather, which is most unfortunate for the many hopeful families who can only visit Rome Point on weekends. The seal tide today was late in the day, and just as we were preparing to show the 14 seals on the rocks to at least 5 newly arrived groups, a boat showed up and spoiled the seal show for everyone.

For the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend, the low tide is too late in the afternoon for good seal watching, which is all the more reason to lament the recent trend of continuous seal harassment we have observed. Good seal tides are an every-other-weekend setup at best, and when watercraft regularly ruin the best opportunities, it saddens us that seal watching has become a hit or miss affair for the families who come to Rome Point to see seals.

Best wishes to all our seal watching friends, hope to see you on the beach at Rome Point this winter!

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!