At 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 Save The Bay will kick off its  Newport Seal Tour season out of Bowen’s Ferry Landing.

As the boats cruise through historic Newport Harbor, guests will take in 360° views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge, offering up an equally exciting and educational adventure for all visitors. The entirely boat-based tours last one hour and will be held on Saturdays, Sundays and many public school vacation days from Nov. 11, 2016, through April 30, 2017.

“Because it is a quick trip out to Citing Rock, where the seals hang out, we are able to spend a good portion of the tour observing them in their natural habitat,” said Dan Blount, education specialist and boat captain. “The cruise is capped off by taking a quick ride around Rose Island to see the the historic lighthouse from the water.”

 
Save The Bay has offered seal tours for more than 15 years throughout the months of October through April, when harbor seals come into the area to feed. Unlike visits to a zoo or aquarium, these boat-based tours offer guests the exclusive experience of catching winter seals in their natural habitat. Save The Bay marine experts will provide an educational overview of harbor seals, which were
recently named Rhode Island’s official state marine mammal, their behaviors, adaptive features and habitat needs.

Westerly seal tours are already in session and run through Dec. 31, while seal tours out of Fall River take place in March and April of 2017. Two-hour Newport Seal and Lighthouse Tours are set to begin late November and will include a walking tour of the Rose Island Lighthouse.

 
One-hour Newport Seal Tours are $22 for non-members and $17 for Save The Bay members, seniors, and children aged 3-12. All tours depart from Bowen’s Ferry Landing, 18 Market Square, Newport, RI. Tour tickets can be purchased online at Save The Bay’s Seal Tour website, www.savebay.org/seals, or through the Bowen’s Wharf kiosk in downtown Newport. For additional information call 401-203-7325.

Ryan M. Belmore

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