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Fisherman finds seal ten miles inland

Matt Sparks was fishing on the River Frome when he spotted a seal in the water. He clicked his fingers at it and it came straight over to the river bank. The seal happened to be ten miles from the sea when the fisherman found it. Mr Sparks, 33 was fishing for grayling and so definitely never expected to see a seal! Experts think that the seal was lost after swimming up from the English Channel in the hunt for food. Luckily angling photographer Roy Westwood was on hand to catch the moment at Holmebridge, which is west of Wareham. He said “I’ve never seen anything like this in 30 years of taking photographs on fisheries around the country.” Mark Oakley is a spokesperson for the chain of SeaLife Centres and said “the fish and invertebrates that seals generally prey on may have dwindled to such small numbers that some seals are swimming up river in desperate search for food.” Seals are very popular across the coastlines of Britain and will normally find their own way back to the sea shortly after diverging off course.

It is not often that seals are seen by anglers and so if you are fishing be sure to keep your eyes open because you never know what you will see! Make sure that you and your angling equipment is protected by taking out fishing insurance. Visit www.eandl.co.uk/fishing for more information.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1251493/Got-fish-Seal-surprises-angler-popping-river-miles-home.html, 16th February 2010

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