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Seal spotted at Slimbridge

A seal is vying for attention at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire.

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Slimbridge's newest visitor

Staff at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire say visitors are loving seeing a seal at the reserve.

A harbour seal has been making the River Severn near the Slimbridge reserve its happy hunting ground for the last 2 months.The harbour seal is usually found on the east coast, in Northern Ireland and in Scotland.

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.

– James Lees, Warden at Slimbridge Reserve

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