I was driving to the Fishman, local fish shop in Wicklow Town and happened upon a seal who had made his way to the shop. He swam up the Vartry River, jumped up onto the foot path and made his way across to the Fish Shop. Apparently this has become part of his daily routine at high tide.
To clarify, the lads at the fish shop were worried the seal would be hit by a car. Some days he apparently makes it into the shop.
The lads usher him back across the road. Each time they get a bucket of fish guts and throw it into the river. The seal then jumps back in, has his feed, and back up onto the path a cross the road and the cycle continues...only rolling to an end when the seal has had its feed.
The lads also informed me it has become worse as of late, as the seal now has a girlfriend so he is also feeding her and showing off.…well worth a visit at high tide.
“This battered and bloodied Atlantic Grey Seal was hauled out on Quarantine Island [Co. Cork]. He bears the scars of a mating season encounter, when the dominant male guards a harem of females, and will defend off all possible suitors or challengers. These challengers often end up like this guy, defeated, dejected and bloodied.”
This was filmed this morning. People thought it was a plastic bag floating on the river, but it was a beautiful seal eating fish which it hunts from the bottom of the river!
I just wondering what causes this migration to Dublin and from where it came from? Is global warming affecting them?