Seal spotted in River Welland in Deeping St James

A seal has been spotted at the Low Locks in the River Welland, Deeping St James. Photo courtesy of Kerry Unwin. EMN-150120-112250001
A seal has been spotted at the Low Locks in the River Welland, Deeping St James. Photo courtesy of Kerry Unwin. EMN-150120-112250001
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A seal has been spotted swimming in the River Welland in Deeping St James.

The seal has been seen by a number of local residents at the Low Locks in the River Welland.

RSPCA officer, Justin Stubbs has been out to see the seal on two occasions since it was first spotted.

Justin said: “I have dealt with hundreds of seals in my past 18 years, including the seal virus crisis of 2002.

“It’s not rare for them to come inland on tidal rivers. They’ve been known to come as far inland as Lincoln and Northampton over the years and have been regulars at Wansford.”

Justin has said that there are no health issues with the seal being in the river and the seal itself is ‘very healthy’.

The river has a direct link to the main Welland and Justin hopes that in its own time the seal will swim back when it’s ready.

Justin adds: “I would urge the public not to approach seals as they can stand their ground and have a particularly nasty bite.

“I would ask dog walkers to keep close control of their dogs if they should see the seal.”

If you believe that the seal has been injured please call the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.

Have you spotted the seal in the River Welland? Let us know and send us your photos to smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk.