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*Recent Observations and Reflections*

October 18, 2014 - Our first seal walk of the fall 2014 seal season was a resounding success, with 18 seals spotted on the rocks despite less than ideal conditions. Seal watching this time of year is a hit or miss affair with a good number of boats still present on the bay; some of whom may approach the seal's resting rocks and chase the seals away.  Any time we are able to see seals on October weekends we consider ourselves fortunate, and the temperate weather and fall colors make for an enjoyable hike whether or not the seals are around for our viewing pleasure.

Seal seekers should check in here regularly to find out when the action at Rome Point picks up; the Recent Observations link will dish the latest details about what the seals are up to, so be sure to check that page when you visit the website.  See you on the beach soon!  

Check out this link to see video that highlights the territorial behavior that harbor seals exhibit when the rocks get crowded, taken Rome Point on March 10 and 11, 2013.  Seal Action March 2013

This link will take you to a live Grey seal web cam in Maine, it is fun to check this site from time to time, you never know what you might see.  The Grey seal pupping season is over, so this site is not a live feed at this time of the year, but the highlights are still worth viewing.  Grey Seal Pupping Cam

Some of our seal watching friends have shown an interest in sharks; we found this website dedicated to tracking great white sharks that have been tagged with GPS satellite transponders. Ocearch Shark Tracker  Our favorite shark is the legendary Mary Lee, she's a 16 foot, 3500 pound beauty that was tagged off Cape Cod in 2012.

Seal Video is On-line Now!!
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:
Linebelly Rising   1:09
Big Seal Day 2011 2:06, 111 seals on the rocks in Spring of 2011
Seal Pup Follies  4:44, Seal pups in action in Maine
Rome Point Seals 2011 6:55, Seal watching highlights from 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 500 seal walks and sharing close-up views of the seals through my spotting scope with at least 7000 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!