Thames Seal Spotted Relaxing On Banks Of London River

That is one supremely relaxed seal.

06/10/2016 12:34

The water of the Thames is known for being pretty grim but if you wander its banks today you may catch sight of a certain someone who doesn’t seem to mind one bit.

There have been a number of sightings of a lone seal splashing about and relaxing on the river in the this week.

The Metropolitan Police Service’s marine policing unit posted pictures and video of the creature chilling at the water’s edge...

They aren’t the only one to have spotted the as-yet-unnamed seal (it doesn’t appear to have a Twitter account yet either).

Seals are not an uncommon site in the Thames and dolphins, porpoises and even whales have also been spotted in the city’s main waterway.

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) encourages the public to report any sighting of seals on their website so they can better understand their distribution.

So far this year there have been 59 harbour seals, 127 grey seals, 13 harbour porpoises and seven dolphins spotted.

Anyone who does spy a marine mammal on land is advised to keep all dogs on a lead, stay at least 50m away and never try to touch it.

The ZSL also advises the public not to assume a seal pup is abandoned just because it is alone, as its mother may be nearby.

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