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*Recent Observations and Reflections*

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - The best seal observation of the season has come and gone and signs of Spring are everywhere now, signifying that this seal season is approaching its conclusion.  However, the water temperature remains less than 50 degrees, which means that there are still a good number of seals hanging around. We will be taking our last seal hikes of this season in the afternoons this weekend, Saturday the wind could be a bit sketchy, but Sunday looks better. The Recent Observations link will dish the latest details about what the seals are up to (when we get around to updating it, lately we have been too busy for seal watching or seal blogging), so be sure to check that page when you visit the website. See you on the beach soon!

On our way to Rome Point several weeks ago, the local NPR station aired a segment on "This American Life" about a harbor seal rookery in La Jolla, California. The sometimes overly zealous seal protection advocates, and their "shared use" counterparts have had conflicts over the years, resulting in numerous unpleasant confrontations as well as legal problems for individuals on both sides of the beach access issue. We have long been sensitive to the potential for a similar issue to crop up at Rome Point, and have tried to maintain a balanced outlook and approach, while looking out for the best interests of the seals and seal watching families. We have posted a special essay on this topic on the
Boats and Kayaks page, and we are very interested in receiving comments on this posting. If you are interested in helping to preserve Rome Point as the premiere location in Southern New England for observing marine mammals in the wild, we are asking for your input. That NPR feature, which can be heard at this link  as well as some recent developments at Rome Point, have given us renewed cause for consideration as to what the future may hold for the Rome Point seals, and for the future of this website as well.

We have decided to put up this link in support of ecoRI News, an outstanding resource for balanced, interesting environmental news and feature articles pertaining to Southern New England.

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 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!