Friday, September 16, 2016
All Common Seals which find their way inland along the Nene as far as the Peterborough area or along the Welland as far as the Deepings are invariably called Sammy. It is all their parents ever name them. Last year a Sammy was seen outside people's houses in Deeping St James, gaining plenty of publicity, plus a few ignorant fishing types calling for his killing! Last Thursday I found this one near Crowland bridge (next to the White Cliffs of Crowland where Shaggy the Shag roosts). And yesterday, Will Bowell refound it. I think that unless the spotting and pattern changes radically with time, this is a different Sammy from last year's individual.
Posted by Mike Weedon at 9:40 AM