Seal spotted in River Severn at Slimbridge
9:02am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A MYSTERIOUS visitor has given the River Severn the seal of approval.
A harbour seal has been spotted near the Dumbles reserve at The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, at Slimbridge, for the past two months.
James Lees, reserve warden, said it is very rare to see any type of seal in the River Severn but grey seals have previously been spotted.
The harbour seal, or common seal as it is often called, is smaller and is usually found on the east coast, in Northern Ireland and in Scotland.
"We have been seeing the seal on a daily basis," said James.
"It presumably comes in with the tide each day and has chosen to hunt just off our reserve.
"It is very specific where it hunts as it seems to have learnt where the fish will be at a certain state of the tide, it likes to feed between the land and an island in the river.
"It is also quite a prolific hunter and seems to catch at least four or five large grey mullet every day.
"We have also seen it take and eat a gull from the surface of the water.
"It has become a very welcome attraction. Our visitor love seeing the seal during their visits to Slimbridge."
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