The Deepings’ new seal-ebrity makes itself at home

Photo courtesy of Nigel Matthews. EMN-150128-134315001
Photo courtesy of Nigel Matthews. EMN-150128-134315001
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A seal, which is normally found living off the east coast 27 miles away, is securing his place as one of Deeping St James’ much loved residents.

The seal, which was first spotted two weeks ago at Low Locks, on the River Welland in Deeping St James is still being seen in the area, regularly sitting on the grass verge of the riverbank.

Local resident, Nigel Matthews from Market Deeping spotted the seal on Saturday morning whilst out taking his dog for a walk.

Nigel said: “Sammy the seal has become a Deeping celebrity so I had to go and see him. He was just chilling out on the riverbank oblivious to the onlookers on the other side.

“He looked fit and healthy with a bit of a cheeky grin on his face, thanks possibly to the wide range of fish available in the Welland. Hopefully he will make it home soon.”

Sammy the seal as it is now known to members of the Deepings community has also been seen this week at its current ‘home’ down at the Low Locks. The seal was spotted most recently by a dog walker on Wednesday morning.

RPSCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: “The seal is in a good place with lots of food and shelter given the current storms. It is a relatively safe area for it to be.

“I will be paying it a visit this week to make sure it is okay.”

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

The RSPCA have said that they will continue to monitor the seal and if anyone has any queries to telephone 0300 123 4999.