A grey seal

A grey seal Image by Dave_S / CC BY 2.0

A sunbathing seal has been spotted in a river 40 miles (64km) from the sea.

Nathaniel Gore, 33, was out walking near his home in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, when he spotted the animal splashing around in the water. The editorial project manger stopped to film the seal and said it was not put off by the attention.

He added: “I’ve heard stories of seals being found inland before and he seemed perfectly happy so I wasn’t too concerned.” In 2013 another seal was found 50 miles (80km) from the sea in Fen Drayton Lakes, near St Ives. It is believed it had swum along the Great River Ouse from Norfolk.

(Press Association)