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.



  1. 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 πŸ˜€

      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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚


  2. 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. 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 πŸ˜€


    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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