Seal 50 miles from home on Cambridgeshire Fens

At RSPB's Fen Drayton Lakes near St Ives, Cambridgeshire, a seal was spotted clambering over flood defenses and making its way into an overflowing lake.

17th January 2014
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This winter's floods have washed many a strange item into unfamiliar settings, but recently there has been an unusual sighting in Cambridgeshire that may be the most surprising yet.

At RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes near St Ives, Cambridgeshire, a seal was spotted clambering over flood defenses and making its way into an overflowing lake.

Roughly 50 miles from home, the seal is thought to have travelled up the Great River Ouse from King's Lynn, Norfolk. It is the furthest inland that one has been seen before.

One YouTube user caught sight of the seal and posted a video on the site.

Area manager for the RSPB Graham Elliott told the Telegraph: "It would be the first time this has happened to my knowledge that one has made its way into the lake.

The floods normally come from ground water rather than the river and so if there is one it must have worked its way up in a ditch or something like that."

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