On 1 August a baby seal came to visit, and was looked after by a local couple, trained in what to do with beached seals.
The baby seal came onto the beach, and being very small and vulnerable to the many passing dogs who walk on this beach, people tried to encourage it back into the safety of the water.
Not keen to swim off, and probably tired from the quite rough waves, he paddled back onto the shore again.
Had he arrived on a quieter stretch of beach he could have had a rest and gathered his composure before swimming off. But no biger than the size of a small dog, a small seal sitting on the beach spelled trouble, and he was gathering quite a crowd to look at his beautiful little face.
The RSPCA were called and they deployed a couple from nearby Anchorsholme, who had only recently completed a course in how to rescue and deal with stranded seals.
They arrived on the beach and caught him in a towel as you can see in this great video clip of the rescue thanks to Mediafilms. They covered his eyes and kept him calm until the RSPCA arrived.
The RSPCA took the seal to Sea Life at Blackpool to rest and feed overnight, before taking him back to Walney.
Seal on the Beach – August 2010
You’ll often see seals at Cleveleys swimming in the water, and in the summer of 2010 one in particular seemed keen on enjoying Cleveleys!
We’d had a few seal encounters here at Cleveleys, dead ones occassionally get washed up on the shore (then a sheep (also dead!) came ashore) followed by more parts of seal (yuk!) which stink to high heaven and you can tell before you see it that there’s something rotting.
In mid July of this year we had the first visit from a live one which was seen on the beach. The walker who saw it was reaching for his phone to report it to the council as a dead body when it lifted it’s head and waddled back to the water!
Then the second one came up near the surface water outflow pipe at Rossall School. A small crowd of early morning walkers had a Thursday treat and you can see the beautiful face on the photo.
Saturday morning brought more excitement when, again in the early morning, someone spotted another live one near the terminal groyne on North Promenade, and alerted the Rossall Beach Group.
Three members were out on the beach enjoying the photo opportunity, and one of them goaded it back into the water. It was rearing up to attack, which worked in its best interests as each time it aimed for a slice of human leg it ended up that little bit closer to the water! Eventually it waddled back in and away to its normal life.
It returned several times that week, each time back in the same spot on North Promenade. Maybe it’s looking for the woman who waved seaweed at it, to come back out and play!
Each summer we see seals swimming just offshore all along the coast at Cleveleys, but you have to be quick and sharp eyed as they look just like floating seagulls as they bob up and down in the water. Look out for a black blob, that disappears and then comes back up – and that’s a seal!
Baby seal on Cleveleys beach
Seal visitor at Cleveleys (2010)
Seal rescue on Cleveleys beach (2010)