May 4, 2014 - Our
seal watching season ended on Friday afternoon, but seals will probably
still be hauling out at Rome Point for a couple of weeks. The bay
water temperature has still not broken the hallmark 50 deg F level, so
seals will still be around for a while; just not in big numbers like we
observed three weeks ago. We are off on our annual May trip to
Maine, where we hope to observe seal moms and pups, as well as bears,
moose and lots of other interesting wildlife. The end of this
seal season marks the 15th anniversary of our seal watching fun at
Rome Point; I will be posting the traditional end of season essay on
the "Recent Observations..." page sometime later this week.
On nice spring weekends its best to plan
your hike to arrive on the beach 2 to 3 hours before low tide to stay a
step ahead of wayward watercraft.
Less windy days
will be the best for seal observation, but as long as the wind has a
westerly direction, good numbers of seals should be out and about.
Seal seekers should check in here regularly to
find out when the
action at Rome Point picks up; the
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
Check out this
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
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
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
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
the Internet home of the Rome Point harbor seal colony in
Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.
web site is the place to learn where, when, and how to
observe harbor seals from the shore of the John H.Chafee
at Rome Point, located in North Kingstown, RI.
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
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
natural treasures; on a good day the seal watching experience
rivals any wildlife sightings you are likely to observe in most US National
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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