Seal Tour in Newport, Rhode island

 The younger boys and I kicked off April vacation with a day in Newport, Rhode Island.  We met up with some friends of ours for a seal watch boat tour and had the best time.  We saw well over 20 seals! 

It was a beautiful, sunny, and clear day but it was really cold and windy.  Thankfully the boat was mostly enclosed and the seas were nice and calm.  


Waiting in the marina

Pulling out away from the dock

Getting ready to spot the seals

I elected to forgo the binoculars and use my camera/ zoom lens.  It was really easy to spot the seals as we got closer.






Every now and then a head would move or a tail would flick. 


We enjoyed seeing all the different colors and sizes of the seals.  We also learned that those way on top of the rock were already in position when the tide went out and are pretty much content to hang out there until the tide comes back in. 




There were more seals in the water that hadn't yet found place on the rocks.  Every now and then we could see a nose or a tail sticking out of the water and even watched a few of the younger seals doing jumps. 









My FAVORITE picture of the day! 







Alec had the best time talking with the boat captain; asking all kinds of questions about the seals and their typical behavior.


We found a few lone seals not near the large rocks of others.





After leaving the seals behind we learned a bit about some sights around Newport on our way back to the dock. 





Then we walked around Newport a bit to find some lunch.



View from our lunchroom window seat

We didn't end up getting back to our car until nearly 4 o'clock!  


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    1. They really are so cute! They always look a little bit sad with those big eyes.

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  2. How absolutely adorable! I would love to have joined you on that tour. Your favourite picture is mine too.

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  3. So fun Joanne and I LOVE LOVE Newport!

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    1. I do too and each time we go there I saw we're going to go more often and really explore... but we rarely seem to do that!

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  4. What a fun day out on the boat with the boys and friends to seal watch in Newport! I did't realize that there were so many seal there. I will have to keep this in mind to do sometime.

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  5. So cute! I have been to Newport a long time ago but now I want to go back.

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    1. It's is such a cute little area to explore.

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  6. A fun time! Those seals are amazing!

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    1. I was hoping we'd see a few; I had no idea they gathered in such large groups!

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  7. What a great trip. Your photos are amazing. I'm glad you had a good time. My son would be the same, asking lots of questions. #mmbc

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    1. My middle son has always been like that; just eager to soak up any and all knowledge he can.

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  8. What a great day out on the water!

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    1. We could not have asked for calmer seas. It was perfect.

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  9. ...what a fun time, they blend into the rocks!

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    1. They really do! I didn't see them at all until our guide pointed them out.

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  10. Such a great way to spend the day and your photos are wonderful. They do blend into the rocks.

    -Soma

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  11. What a fun tour. The seals look so cozy on their rocks sunbathing.

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    1. They were definitely having fun soaking up all that sun.

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  12. What a fab trip and how cool to see the seals. It sounds like everyone had a great time.

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  13. Oh my - what a wonderful day! I wanna go!!:)

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    1. It was wonderful and totally worth the wait! (we had planned this for last March/April and our tour was canceled that day due to rough seas)

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  14. What a fun day! I love watching seals in the wild. They always look so peaceful and happy...built in smiles, right? I so want to go on a whale watching tour someday. Have you done that?

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    1. They sure do! I have never gone on a whale watch tour though; I get a bit more nervous around large ocean animals.

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  15. What a wonderful day. This is exactly the type of things we love to do, and I adored the photos.
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    Jodie
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  16. What an outing! And you spotted so many of these cuties! Thank you for sharing your images and bringing a huge smile to my morning!

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  17. This looks like a pleasant day out! How nice to go on a safari like that. I haven't heard of seal safaris here but there are whale safaris and I'd love to go this summer! Your favourite photo was my favourite too.

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    1. I have never been out on a whale watch; though we do have those around too!

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  18. What a lovely life seals look like they have! Great photos of a fun day out Joanne.

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    1. Well, they are in the bay to hide from predators so they can finally relax; but I would think life out in the open ocean isn't nearly so idyllic.

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  19. What a fun excursion! I would love to see some seals!

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    1. It was so fun; I am so glad my girlfriend noticed them and asked if we wanted to go.

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  20. I know of Newport RI from movies and this made it even better seeing it through your lens. Seals are so different to most other creatures...and those faces!! Thank you for sharing your blog post with the community at Denyse Whelan Blogs. The link up, each fortnight, called Life’s Stories, continues with bloggers such as you linking up and connecting! The next time to do so is Monday 9 May. Warmest wishes, Denyse.

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    1. Aw, thank you! We just love visiting Newport and the surrounding areas.

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  21. How fun! I have never been so this is a great way of seeing it. Thanks for sharing at Love Your Creativity. I am featuring your Seal tour on Sunday.

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature, Linda! I am so glad you enjoyed following along with my photos.

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