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 Seal Observation Journal

Saturday, February 17, 2018  We enjoyed the best seal watch so far this season today, with almost 100 seals on the rocks for the viewing pleasure of a good number of visitors to Rome Point. The next several days should be good for seal observation from the noon hour through the afternoon, if people in watercraft leave the seals undisturbed, which unfortunately was an issue once again today. Looking ahead to the school winter break week, there should be excellent seal watching opportunities in the afternoon, with a new moon low tide and reasonably good weather in the forecast. We are hoping that the current weather forecast holds and puts an end to a lame seal watching season that, to date, has been characterized by poor weather and bad tide timing, allowing for only occasional seal watching opportunities at best.  After Wednesday 2/21, the low tide is kind of late in the day for the best seal sightings, so parents planning an outdoor seal outing should try to pick a good weather day earlier in the week. We expect to be out at Rome Point quite a bit during the next five days, with a spotting scope and seal info to share with anyone who cares to join us on an afternoon seal hike.

So far this season, we consider ourselves fortunate to enjoy just one successful seal hike per week, as poorly timed tides, harsh weather and regular human activity in the area on the nicer days 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 four tide cycles, so we are now completing an eight-week stretch with maybe one or at best two good seal days 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 things are looking up now and cooperative weather is all that is needed to enjoy a good seal hike in February.

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

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!