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*Recent Observations and Reflections*

Sunday, March 26, 2017  We finally enjoyed a decent day for seal observation yesterday, and the seals and numerous seal watchers were all gratified that the weather cooperated reasonably well on Saturday for a change. Today, stronger easterly winds will be more chilly and less accommodating for onlookers exposed to the wind on the Rome Point shoreline, but if it does not blow too hard the seals should be around during the mid-day hours.  The unusually cold temperatures in mid-March have served to reverse the warming trend in the water temperature so it is likely the seals are not yet on the move, but that will change the next time the weather takes a turn for the warmer.  However, mother nature may have other plans in the short term, as unsettled, cool conditions remain on tap for the upcoming week.

We may check it out today around 11 am if the wind is not too strong, but if we do visit Rome Point our visit will likely be a brief one. The tide setup for this week is good in that there is astronomical low tide middle of the afternoon, but cooperative weather looks to be a questionable proposition at best - all week.  So its catch-as-catch-can for seal observation for a while; while the good days should be very good, but it looks to us like the best seal observation opportunities of this season may be delayed until at least the second week of April

Here is a link to a Grey seal pupping site Webcam in Maine, this is unedited live nature video, so be advised that some of the content may occasionally be slightly graphic.
Seal Island Maine - Grey Seal Webcam

Here is a link to a video showing an incredible aggregation of Grey seals on Cape Cod at Monomoy last Spring 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 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.  

   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!