SPOTTED: Seal makes it up flooded Herefordshire river

Hereford Times: The River Wye's newest visitor - a seal - was seen in Symonds Yat and also Monmouth, This is Dan Waters' picture of the animal enjoying the wet weather near the Welsh town's rowing club. The River Wye's newest visitor - a seal - was seen in Symonds Yat and also Monmouth, This is Dan Waters' picture of the animal enjoying the wet weather near the Welsh town's rowing club.

THE Hereford Times can reveal that a seal was spotted in the county at the weekend.

Social media went into a frenzy after the mammal was apparently seen in Symonds Yat.

A picture of the seal was shared by Dougal Ziegler (below) and the Ye Olde Ferrie Inn pub.

However, initial pictures were inconclusive, with some people believing it to be a dog.

But, Richard Harrington, from the Marine Conservation Soicety, based in Ross-on-Wye, confirmed that it was a an adult grey seal.

And, if anyone was still in any doubt, Dan Waters' picture - taken in Monmouth - shows the seal in full view.

"The shallower stretches of the Wye south of Monmouth would usually be a barrier to it getting here, but it shouldn't have a problem getting back to the Severn estuary with the flow of the river," said Richard.

"It is definitely a rare event, although seals do explore up river, foraging for food."

 

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2:27pm Thu 13 Feb 14

mizza21 says...

Splendid, this story certainly has my seal of approval. I will not flipper out but I do find it fishy. The photographer must be a man of seal getting so close. Lets hope he doesn't go clubbing or anything........ Oh God I can't think of any good seal based iditotic puns.
Come on you lot. Help me out.
Splendid, this story certainly has my seal of approval. I will not flipper out but I do find it fishy. The photographer must be a man of seal getting so close. Lets hope he doesn't go clubbing or anything........ Oh God I can't think of any good seal based iditotic puns. Come on you lot. Help me out. mizza21

1:21pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Whats-wrong-with-the-World? says...

it was clearly trying to avoid Whales!
it was clearly trying to avoid Whales! Whats-wrong-with-the-World?

4:44pm Fri 14 Feb 14

dippyhippy says...

Afternoon Mizza!
Personally, I think he's rather let himself go, since that supermodel divorced him!!
Afternoon Mizza! Personally, I think he's rather let himself go, since that supermodel divorced him!! dippyhippy

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