Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Probable grey Seal at Hove

Just received an e-mail from SWT Wildcall about a seal off Hove Beach. The attached pic was from a phone and relatively poor quality. My best guess is it could be a grey seal (hard to see from position and quality- if nostrils were visible it would be easier to ID). 
The size and position of the eyes also suggest a grey – but I may be wrong. The picture is very low quality (but as always, better than no picture.

The seal was spotted off Hove seafront at about 7.30 am this morning, by the groyne near Embassy Court/ King Alfred. The observer reported the seal appeared healthy.Unfortunately I was unable to get to the beach in time to take a look.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Sad death of a seal pup Brighton marina

BDMLR were called out to a seal pup in the Brighton Marina which sadly did not survive.
It appears that the seal had turned up in the marina back on 15th January but this had not previously been reported.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Seal still visiting the River Adur

The common seal is still in the river Adur at Shoreham and I have received many sightings through December, including two sightings on Christmas Day.

I received two separate sightings today of the same seal in the Adur. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Common Seal, River Adur West Sussex

I received a sighting from Marie a dog walker along the River Adur in Shoreham-By-Sea on Saturday December 13th 2014. The time was about 16:30. The seal was resting on the river bank near the shoreham bypass bridge.
Even thought it was getting dark, Marie was able to send some photos and even with the low light and  distance from the seal there was a good head silhouette  that identified it as a common seal.
Marie spoke to a fellow dog walker who said that he had observed the seal earlier in the week a couple of times and that on one occasion it was making a barking noise (something I have only head during mating/territorial barking and if feeling threatened.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Seal pup at saltdean

The Seal pup was seen at Saltdean beach again, at 12:15 and 2:30 PM. BDMLR weer a bit concerned that the pup may have lost a bit of weight, but it would be impossible to catch the seal to check its health at this stage. The seal is being monitored in situ

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Seal Pup at Saltdean near Brighton

The following is a report from Elaine at BDMLR. 

"There was a common seal pup at Saltdean beach (East Sussex) directly below White Cliffs Cafe on Saturday, Sept 27th. He was there since before 8 AM callers said. I monitored him from about 1 PM when I got the call to it got dark at about 7 PM. 

He was far out on a cement groyne and was constantly being stressed by people wanting to get photos of him, and so we kept people back at a reasonable distance from him. 
Odd thing about this pup is that he's red! Apparently they get to be that colour because of red clay that they haul out on". 

It was interesting to hear about the red colored pelage seal. At least one of the adult common seals I worked with as part of the seal tagging project back in 2009 at Chichester (West Sussex) had a red pelage which was thought to be due to iron oxide and appears in some seals that live in areas of mud flats I believe this has also been found on common seals on the French channel coast and also in the USA such as San Francisco.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Bottlenose Dolphin sightiing near Brighton

The Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority reported a sighting today 3rd September at 1.52pm. The vessel was approximately a half mile to the southwest of Brighton Marina.

The vessel was traveling West, dolphins were sighted a few hundred metres in front of them.The dolphins swam East towards the vessel, dived down and then headed West with them at the bow.

They with them for between 5-8 minutes before they dived again and I believe they proceeded to head East.