Travel Diaries: Norfolk Tour – Watching wild seals at Wells-next-the-Sea

This was our first camping trip of 2017.  As we live in the very middle of England, the furthest possible point from the sea in every direction, there is a feeling of sheer joy at seeing sand and waves again.

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Our little ones sit on a picnic blanket and dig their toes into the sand and our eldest two boys create channels for the estuary water to wash around sandcastles and forts.

Now look closely at this picture, just to the left of the lady walking the dog, in the distance, there is a black smudge on the edge of the water …

We go for a closer look … could it be?

The smudge promptly flopped into the water, and we spent several hours watching six seals play in the estuary, just metres away from the shore where we stood.

 

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  1. Jim says:

    nice pics and vid!

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    1. Thanks so much Jim 🙂

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  2. Robyn Haynes says:

    What a special treat for you and the children! It’s one thing to see captive animals but quite another to see wild creatures. I just love the photo of your little one delighting in the sand – throwing it in the air – great capture!

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    1. Thanks! I was ducking whilst taking the picture 😀

      We’re trying very hard recently to avoid zoos and sealife centres, and show the children native wild animals in the natural world … although these seals were so unfazed by humans and very friendly. They actively sought out kayakers and followed them 🙂

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      1. Robyn Haynes says:

        Such joy! Dry sand would have been worse. Your attempts to show the children animals living in their native state is admirable.

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        1. Thanks Robin 🙂 We’ve been exploring the wild coastlines in the north of England this last month, I’ll try and get the blogs written up soon 🙂

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  3. Such a lovely place. The seals look like they enjoyed being movie stars. 😊

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    1. I was completely captivated. They had a whole stretch of wide estuary, but picked the area where people were sitting, and stayed there, playing happily.

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  4. Sarah says:

    Hi 🙂 I imagine it was really fun to watch the seals! The sand and ocean is a happy sight. 🙂

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    1. Always 🙂 We’ve spent the past two months zipping back and forth between the Midlands (where we are) and the different coastlines of England … I love the sea 🙂

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  5. The seals add such an element of wonder to a seaside trip! When we went (last. winter) they were a complete surprise to us.

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    1. *fingers crossed* we’ll be up in Scotland for a tour next year, and see what surprises we can find there 🙂

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  6. menerokasite says:

    I’m going to Wells soon. I hope I see some!

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    1. Oh wonderful! Good luck – I hope you see them! 😀

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  7. Laurie Graves says:

    Bliss, sheer bliss!

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    1. It was! … I hope we get back to Norfolk again in the Autumn 🙂

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  8. Brian Skeys says:

    Nice to see the sea, like you we live as far from it as you can in the U.K.

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    1. We’re just back from the Northumberland Coast – caving, rock pooling and hiking the coastal paths. I don’t know if the lure of the sea is all the stronger, for living so far away from it 🙂

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  9. J > Lovely photos – of a lovely place. It’s more than 15yrs since D and I made a late spring holiday on the Norfolk coast – exploring with the motorhome we had then. Happy days! Glad you had a lovely time there, too – your photos capture it.

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    1. We love the idea of a motorhome (if someone would be kind enough to invent a fully electric one!) … although it would need to be quite big to fit all of our lot in :o)

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  10. Eliza Waters says:

    They are nearly tame – you were able to get some close shots. The kids must have loved seeing them (adults, too)!

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    1. It was a lovely stroke of luck – we’d reluctantly decided against a seal spotting boat tour because we were not sure how our autistic son would cope with an hour on choppy water (it’s not like you can get off mid way!) … and then the seals came to us instead 😀

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  11. trudi_bruges says:

    Beautiful. And jealous. Very rare to spot seals in our coastal waters.

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    1. My next big wish would be to travel up to Scotland and be lucky enough to see wild dolphins 🙂

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  12. Andrew says:

    It’s only in the last 3-4 years they’ve started swimming into the channel, since it’s been dredged for the wind farm. Always great to see them 😉

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    1. That’s fascinating, I didn’t realise it had been so recent – although explains why I never saw them there as a child in the 80s when we camped at the campsite (that I think is now the carpark!). We’ll definitely be back next year, hoping to see them again.

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