Seal spotted off Brighton

A seal was spotted getting its fill of fish off the coast of Brighton and Hove.

Hove resident David Tickner spotted the seal swimming towards the West Pier about 50m from the shore at about 10am yesterday.

Mr Tickner, 50, said he spotted the creature, believed to be a Common Seal, while he was sitting at this dining table at his home in Kingsway, Hove.

He said: “First off I thought it was a dog swimming but I couldn’t see anybody on the beach and I didn’t know whether it was in distress or not.

“I went to get my binoculars and I saw that it was a seal and that it had a fish in its mouth the first couple of times it resurfaced.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, I’ve never seen seals in Brighton before.”

Stephen Savage, Sussex county recorder for sea mammals, has been monitoring seals along the Sussex coast since 1991.

He said that he had been monitoring the movements of one tagged seal Twinkle which had been spotted between Cuckmere and the River Adur.

He added: “If people do see seals they should keep a safe distance from them.

“They are curious creatures and we have had reports from early morning swimmers who have had a seal brush up against them.

“But you shouldn’t approach them if they are injured or frightened, they could do as much damage as a bear to you.”

Anyone who spots a seal can email stevep.savage@ntlworld.com or call 07773 610036.

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3:26pm Tue 17 May 11

Evasivo says...

Yes, if it is Twinkle them he's a local to the area as I now know! Great article here & read my comment of my last viewing of him here: http://sussexmarinej
ottings.blogspot.com
/2011/03/further-tra
vels-of-twinkle-seal
.html
Yes, if it is Twinkle them he's a local to the area as I now know! Great article here & read my comment of my last viewing of him here: http://sussexmarinej ottings.blogspot.com /2011/03/further-tra vels-of-twinkle-seal .html Evasivo

3:35pm Tue 17 May 11

heartthrob says...

They could do as much damage as a bear ! I know which one I'd rather have a fight with.
(unless it was a really ickle bear)
They could do as much damage as a bear ! I know which one I'd rather have a fight with. (unless it was a really ickle bear) heartthrob

3:37pm Tue 17 May 11

Fight Back says...

heartthrob wrote:
They could do as much damage as a bear ! I know which one I'd rather have a fight with.
(unless it was a really ickle bear)
What like Pooh or Paddington ?
[quote][p][bold]heartthrob[/bold] wrote: They could do as much damage as a bear ! I know which one I'd rather have a fight with. (unless it was a really ickle bear)[/p][/quote]What like Pooh or Paddington ? Fight Back

3:47pm Tue 17 May 11

sparky_2004 says...

"A seal was spotted getting its fill of fish off the coast of Brighton and Hove. "...hope it's got an EU quota!
"A seal was spotted getting its fill of fish off the coast of Brighton and Hove. "...hope it's got an EU quota! sparky_2004

5:11pm Tue 17 May 11

Masterchav says...

Maybe it's come to Brighton to go CLUBBING!

Boom boom
Maybe it's come to Brighton to go CLUBBING! Boom boom Masterchav

5:19pm Tue 17 May 11

Roy Pennington says...

have any dolphins been seen recently yet?
have any dolphins been seen recently yet? Roy Pennington

5:28pm Tue 17 May 11

Lord Tilford says...

I found a dead iguana on the beach by the Marina this afternoon. Now where's that come from?
I found a dead iguana on the beach by the Marina this afternoon. Now where's that come from? Lord Tilford

5:59pm Tue 17 May 11

haris_pilton says...

I heard Adamski was spotted off West Wittering the other week ....
I heard Adamski was spotted off West Wittering the other week .... haris_pilton

11:47pm Tue 17 May 11

mcsofa says...

I saw a turtle in Falmer pond a few months ago.
I saw a turtle in Falmer pond a few months ago. mcsofa

1:10pm Wed 18 May 11

dawind says...

I saw a Zombie in Peacehaven once
I saw a Zombie in Peacehaven once dawind

1:39pm Wed 18 May 11

feline1 says...

I didn't realise someone had the job of being "Sussex County Recorder for Mammals". Good old public sector eh? How much does he earn then? I might apply for the County Recorder for Reptiles post myself. Let's face it, it's vital we keep a tally on crocodile sightings.
I didn't realise someone had the job of being "Sussex County Recorder for Mammals". Good old public sector eh? How much does he earn then? I might apply for the County Recorder for Reptiles post myself. Let's face it, it's vital we keep a tally on crocodile sightings. feline1

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