Lone seal spotted off Weston’s coastline

PUBLISHED: 13:30 30 December 2010




WALKERS and fishermen got a surprise when they spotted a lone seal swimming off the coast near Weston.

The young mammal was seen moving along the coastline from Birnbeck Pier to Sand Bay on the afternoon of December 29.

It was then seen coming up onto shore in the bay, before moving back into water.

Birdwatcher John Moon, aged 68, caught a sight and followed the seal while out with his camera at about 2pm.

He said: “It was the first time I’ve seen a seal off the coast, I can only imagine it was lost from its mother.

“You get hoards of them on the islands of Lundy and Steep Holm, but nothing usually near to coast.”

Fisherman Martin Sandy also spotted the seal while out with friends on Knightstone Island.

He said: “It looked like it was only half-grown, it swam round the corner, and then off to Birnbeck, which was the last we saw of it.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen one there, and I fish quite regularly.”

Wildlife rescue organisation Secret World was informed of the seal’s presence.

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