Rome Point Seals

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 Seal Observation Journal

Monday, April 4, 2022  The seal watch on Sunday was one of the most interesting observations we have enjoyed for a long time, as we were joined on the shore by over 150 seal seekers from the International Charter School in Pawtucket. Much to our astonishment, the seals never showed the slightest behavior that would signify anything beyond mild curiosity about the activity on the beach, no doubt in large part due to a fortuitous fresh south wind that disguised the sounds of the milling crowd. We smashed our old record number of people taking peeks through the scope in a single afternoon; and everyone who was patient enough to stand in line got a good glimpse of well posed seals in good light conditions.

For the next three days, afternoon seal observation should be very good. We are not sure where the seals are in their springtime northern migration cycle, but the days remaining this Spring for truly outstanding seal watching are passing all too quickly.

The improvement in the Covid situation will has allowed us to be more accommodating in sharing our spotting scope at long last.  While we are grateful for our personal good fortune we remain dismayed over all that has been lost over the past 2 years.  For us, hiking, paddling, and nature observation have been healthy, pleasurable distractions from the troubling events of the recent past.  We observed with interest how so many people have intuitively flocked to the forest trails and beaches in pursuit of exercise, entertainment, and peace of mind during this stressful time, and we hope that a more widespread appreciation of the natural world will continue to flourish in our society long after the COVID-19 situation has settled down for good.  We were blessed to have learned about the calming, restorative, and healing power of mindful, relaxed time spent in nature long ago, and it is our hope that the discovery of this truth will be a gift that many will treasure in the future.  We look forward to a time when seal watching will once again include socializing freely with everyone, and we hope that circumstances later this season will permit us to renew our seal-watching activity in the friendly welcoming spirit with which we are accustomed.

 *** Parking restrictions are now in place on Route 1A ***

All parking along the west side of Route 1A is now prohibited, and parking on the east side of the road is not permitted within about 100 yards of the Rome Point parking lot entrances. The recommended overflow parking alternative is to park along the east side of Rte. 1A about 100 yards south of the parking lot; the wide shoulder and good sight lines should afford a reasonable measure of safety for cautious, attentive pedestrians. Additional parking is also available north of the parking lot past the no parking signs, but this option is not as pedestrian-friendly. We know some seal seekers drive a considerable distance to see the seal show, so we want to let everyone know that finding a parking spot may be difficult on weekends and could require patience at other times. 

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:
Tail Biting Jumps March 2020
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 900 seal walks and sharing close-up views of the seals through my spotting scope with at least 10,000 friends, neighbors, and seal seekers from all over the world.  Rome Point is one of Rhode Island's most spectacular natural treasures, and on a good day the seal watching experience using appropriate sport optics 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!