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Thursday May 3, 2018  Seal watching is over for us for the Spring season, as the arrival of good numbers of striped bass is our cue to switch from seal watching to fishing for the next six months. The water temperature remains on the cool side, so we are sure there will still be seals around for at least the early part of the upcoming week.

There will be continued chances for good seal observation  in the afternoon and evening this week... if watercraft do not enter the area to work their seal chasing mischief.  Recent seal watchs were spoiled by kayaks, boats, and even a drone rudely encroaching on the seals' haul-out rocks. Prospects for the seals to be left undisturbed become much less likely on nice spring days so we recommend arriving early in the ebb tide for the best chance to see seals on the rocks.  

Best regards to all of our seal watching friends and acquaintances, especially to some who we did not meet up with on the beach this year.  We missed seeing a few of our long-time seal seeking compatriots this season; as with all things, seasons of the seals move along, and friends come and go as time passes. This was out 18th year of seal watching at Rome Point, with over 800 observations recorded, and many memories of special days shared with family, friends, and strangers will always be ours to treasure. Seal watching would not be nearly as much fun without our many seal seeking companions, and we wish everyone good health and a great summer as we await the return of the seals in the Fall. See you in the Fall and Good Luck to All!

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 Romepointseals.org!

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