2015-02-26 / Front Page

Winter Visitors Enjoy Bay



Although this season has been particularly harsh, determined nature enthusiasts have taken advantage of every opportunity to get outside and enjoy all the area has to offer. During a recent Save The Bay tour, 14 hardy souls braved the elements and saw more than 30 harbor seals hauled out on rocks near Rose Island and the Newport Bridge, where they rest at low tide. Each seal eats in excess of 20 pounds of fish daily, and the winter brings large schools of herring into the bay, providing the pinnipeds with plenty of food. Inset: Winter Festival visitor Cole Jennings, 9, points to the first seals spotted as his sister Lilah, 7, trains her binoculars on the animals. (Photos by Jack Kelly) Although this season has been particularly harsh, determined nature enthusiasts have taken advantage of every opportunity to get outside and enjoy all the area has to offer. During a recent Save The Bay tour, 14 hardy souls braved the elements and saw more than 30 harbor seals hauled out on rocks near Rose Island and the Newport Bridge, where they rest at low tide. Each seal eats in excess of 20 pounds of fish daily, and the winter brings large schools of herring into the bay, providing the pinnipeds with plenty of food. Inset: Winter Festival visitor Cole Jennings, 9, points to the first seals spotted as his sister Lilah, 7, trains her binoculars on the animals. (Photos by Jack Kelly)

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