Rome Point Seals

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 Seal Observation Journal

Sunday May 5, 2019 - We ended our 2018-2019 seal season on a positive note last Monday, enjoying a fine seal cruise with our friends Fish'n Tales Adventures and an entourage of enthusiastic 3rd graders. Fair weather and good fortune made for a pleasant excursion with over 35 seals on the rocks for all to enjoy on this day, however, good luck and favorable wind was a much too important ingredient in the recipe for a great family seal hike this season, as harassment from watercraft  frequently altered the seals' normal resting behavior. An analysis of our observations revealed that on days when the weather was nice (wind < 10 mph, and no precipitation) the seals were flushed by human activity during an astounding 84% of our observations. We are certain that this is a level of seal disturbance that we have not experienced here before, especially during the winter months.

We continue to ponder how we might improve this seal harassment situation without creating unintended consequences, as even our relatively restrained efforts to date have had both good and possibly some bad effects, but no measurable overall success. We want to avoid involving law enforcement to the greatest extent possible, we do not want to impede fishing or aquaculture in the area unless absolutely necessary, and we do not want to take action that would unduly publicize Rome Point to avoid overcrowding on weekends. However, these limiting factors may be constraining our ability to implement an effective plan, and we will be reconsidering what other approaches might be more effective over the next six months. 
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; seasons of the seals move along, and friends come and go as time passes. 2019 marks our 20th year of seal watching at Rome Point, with over 800 observations recorded, and many memories of special days shared with family, friends, and fellow seal seekers will always be ours to treasure. As we always say, see you next 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 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!