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*Recent Observations and Reflections*


Saturday, December 3, 2016 - A really cool afternoon seal walk today, featuring not so many seals, but we enjoyed three interesting observations of animal and human behavior that we have not previously witnessed. Visitors from cub scouts to coeds joined us on the beach today, and all were entertained by good views of seals that only got better as the afternoon progressed. Sunday will be one more chance to see the seals in the afternoon before low tide advances too late in the day for the next five days.

It looks like we are going to keep this website up, and continue our regular seal walks for another season, thanks in no small part to the encouragement we have received from our long time seal watching friends. We do not live as close to Rome Point as we once did, and we are going to have to reinvest in some replacement sport optics equipment, but the siren song of the Rome Point seals, and the fellowship of the friends new and old that we encounter on nearly every visit has renewed our enthusiasm for this winter tradition.

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.  

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