Salmon-lov­ing seal is spot­ted fish­ing in river

Western Mail - - NEWS -

A SEAL was filmed swim­ming in the river Wye ear­lier this week by per­plexed lo­cals.

The mam­mal was spot­ted catch­ing salmon on a stretch of wa­ter near the Old Wye Bridge in Chep­stow.

The river is con­sid­ered to be one of the best for salmon fish­ing in Eng­land and Wales.

Juli­ette, an em­ployee at Panevino Ital­ian restau­rant, said she saw the seal on Tues­day at around 10.30am.

She said: “The seal tends to be seen at the tide turn­ing times and then early even­ing.”

The seal’s re­turn trips have be­come not-to-be­missed events in the re­gion.

“He comes here very fre­quently to catch salmon un­der the Old Wye Bridge. He was swim­ming back and forth, and once he gets his salmon he leaves, but I have no idea of where he goes.

“He is black and shiny and looks like a whale,” said the restau­rant team mem­ber.

Many seals have been caught swim­ming in UK rivers – but peo­ple are warned not to ap­proach them. This comes after the tragic episode of a seal be­ing shot in the river Wye last year.

Kirsty O’Con­nor

> Padding­ton Bear poses in front of St Paul’s Cathe­dral in Lon­don, to mark the re­lease of Michael Bond’s fi­nal book, Padding­ton at St Paul’s. The au­thor was in­spired to write the story after vis­it­ing the cathe­dral for the na­tional thanks­giv­ing ser­vice for the Queen’s 90th birth­day in June 2016

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