Slippery customer

Finally got some good views of the Common Seal that has been hanging around the Alt estuary at Hightown for over a year during my lunch-break yesterday.
The beastie was fishing at the mouth of the Alt, steering into the current over the high tide, and I was able to watch it fairly closely as I used the reeds at the edge of the Alt for cover.

I’ve only seen two on the Sefton coast before, but given that they show up in the haul out at Hilbre amongst the Atlantic Greys sometimes, I do wonder if they are overlooked here.
Perhaps not every blob bobbing about offshore is a Grey…
Wonder where this one came from originally?
Christened “Slippy” by locals (it hauls out on the sailing club slipway sometimes), it seems happy enough, but the nearest breeding sites appear to be over at Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland and Scotland…

5 thoughts on “Slippery customer

  1. Thirteen Cattle Egrets at Marshside this afternoon – the most I’ve seen there. Crossens Inner and Rimmers produced an estimate of over 2700 Blacktails, while 32 Whoopers and 225 Canada Geese were feeding on Crossens Outer Marsh. For the third time recently, I had a Cetti’s Warbler singing noisily from the reedbed near the Hesketh Road viewing platform.

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  2. Good news about Slippy, must bob over the river to have a butchers at him/her. All the very few I’ve seen at Blackpool over the years have all had to be taken into care not doing so well after been blown/washed from Northern Ireland

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