Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Common Seal at Arundel

Common Seal, Phoca vitulina
Recently I was contacted by a friend in Arundel who told me about a seal resting on a pontoon on the River Arun. I immediately set off and was delighted to find a Common Seal (aka Harbour Seal) still there. I spent an hour by the tow path keeping as far away as possible from it. It seemed to sense my presence but was not bothered. It was interesting watching it moving, yawning and stretching. It was very alert, constantly looking all around and reacting to various noises. This was a unique and wonderful experience with a lovely mammal.
Common Seal, Phoca vitulina

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