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Published on Oct 18, 2010
Exciting news for local marine wildlife fans! This afternoon K spotted a wild grey seal near the seafront rocks. Amazing! Yes. Is this the first sighting in years? The seal, was spotted some 100 yards off the West Drive rocks, opposite Fairways Hotel. It was a 7.7m high tide with a very calm sea. As soon as K informed us, we got right by the rocks, zoomed in and snapped it! The seal was most of the time surfaced, facing up and nose out of the water, with the occasional 30-40 seconds dive every 5-10 minutes. It seemed as if she (or he) was watching the world go by... Lost, or just another Porthcawl day-tripper? lol. It was there some 30 minutes since we spotted it, possibly longer. It is likely the seal ended up near Porthcawl pulled in by the tide (from Fishguard, St Davids, where are the seal colonies). I took the liberty to name her (or him) SUNNY SUNDAY, as it was a sunny Sunday afternoon; bet you the last nicest this year! Watch pictures and video footage of SUNNY SUNDAY the SEAL and ENJOY! PS - footage followed by that evening's amazing sunset photos and credit to RED ALERT for the intro music. PPS Sunny Sunday the seal (we think it is him - or her?) was seen again on Fri 06 July 2012. Same sea conditions, same spot. This time stayed for an hour if not a bit longer. A second smaller seal was close by for the last 5 minutes. Then they both went off with the tide.