Friday, 12 October 2012

Thousands flock to see seals


THOUSANDS of people from around the world have visited Hartlepool to enjoy the antics of up to 80 seals.
This year’s RSPB Date with Nature events near Saltholme have been hailed as a huge success.
More than 4,000 visitors from 20 different countries, including those from as far away as New Zealand and Uganda, joined other wildlife-lovers to watch the seals at RSPB Greatham Creek.
With Heritage Lottery funding, the wildlife reserve has been able to provide telescopes and binoculars at the seal viewpoint, together with a knowledgeable guide.
Craig McNeil, the RSPB’s information assistant, said: “From newborn and suckling pups, to play-fighting grey seals, the entertainment has been almost non-stop. Visitors were charmed by the antics of our friend Snoozy the seal and other estuary residents.

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