VIDEO: Numerous sightings of a young seal pup on the River Mersey ar Warrington have been reported in recent days – including a spectacular appearance at Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve which was captured on camera by local man David Bowman.
David, a wildlife enthusiast from Winwick, was bowled over by the grey seal pup he named “Sally.”
He said: “Sometimes nature just delivers up a real treat and this was one of those days. I started with the usual bird counts on No.3 bed, with highlights of Green Sandpiper, Woodcock, Brambling and Marsh Tit, plus some excellent wildfowl counts. Then I wandered around a bit taking some photos.
“I then decided to see if I could find the seal which has been around on the Mersey. I ensconced myself quietly on the bank of the river and was then treated to an enchanting hour with this little lost Grey Seal pup.
“I kept really still but eventually it noticed me and immediately, with typical seal inquisitiveness, came right up to stare at me from six feet away.
“It then spent the next hour diving and chasing fish and after each Sally came over to say hi.
“At one point I thought she was going to haul out of the river and join me on the bank. But instead, it snorted, spraying me with river water before going after another fish. When it was time to go, I got up as quietly as I could but it came straight over, came up to the bank, raised itself out of the water
and watched me till I’d gone. Remarkable!”