Seal has splashing time feeding in 
the River Welland

A seal spotted in the River Welland in Spalding. ANL-150427-101431001
A seal spotted in the River Welland in Spalding. ANL-150427-101431001

It was bad news for anglers when a seal turned up along the River Welland in Spalding.

Reader Vic Gent spotted it on Thursday near the Welland Yatch Club and forwarded us a picture.

He said: “Not what I expected to see heading towards the town centre!

“I contacted the Environment Agency who told me they can’t do anything about it but gave me the number of the Marine Life Rescue.

“Not ideal for the seal but even worse news for the fish population since they can eat up to 5kg of fish per day.”

It isn’t unusual for a seal to be spotted in the River Welland, in fact one was such a regular visitor at Low Locks in Deeping St James that residents nicknamed it ‘Sammy’.

Sammy was last spotted in February, when RSPCA officer Justin Stubbs 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.”

A spokesman for the Marine Life Rescue said they had received reports of a seal in the River Welland.

She said: “It isn’t something we like to hear because the anglers get upset.

“They usually swim happily, feed and do what seals do.

“Then they just take themselves off elsewhere.

“We will monitor it but it’s a wild animal and if it’s not in danger there’s no reason to move it.”