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Baby Snoozy marks start of seal watching

Last modified: 23 July 2012

Common seal yawning

Date with Nature runs from Wednesday to Sunday until 30 September.

Image: Graham Catley

The start of this year's RSPB Date with Nature seal watch along the Tees estuary was marked with a very special event.

One of the first baby common seals to be born this year in the Greatham Creek colony made its entrance into the world on the opening day of the project.

And as the new arrival spent much of its first few hours fast asleep, staff and volunteers at the seal viewing point christened it Snoozy.

A video of the snoozing seal is now delighting fans on video-sharing website YouTube.

And seal fans can also watch another YouTube video, also taken at Greatham Creek, of a seal mum protecting its pup from a nosey neighbour who risks getting too close to the newcomer.

Craig McNeil, the RSPB’s information assistant helping visitors find out more about Greatham Creek’s cutest residents, said: “The birth of the tiny seal pup on the very first day of this year’s Date with Nature certainly gave us something to talk about!

“Visitors only had to take one look at those enormous brown eyes and you could almost see their hearts melting. The seal pups are always hugely popular with our visitors – but Snoozy definitely stole the show.

“We’re expecting to see more and more seal pups over the coming weeks and months. Watching the seal families haul themselves out of the water and sunbathe on the mud is a sight not to be missed.

“Combined with a visit to the amazing wildlife reserve and discovery park at Saltholme, a visit to see the seals would be a great family day out during the summer holidays,” Craig added.

Date with Nature runs from Wednesday to Sunday until 30 September (11am to 6pm).

Greatham Creek is one mile north of Saltholme, the wildlife reserve and discovery park near Saltholme, on the A178 between Seaton Carew and Port Clarence. As the seals don't like seeing cars parked on the roadside, visitors should park in the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve car park. The seal viewpoint is a 200m walk from the car park along a footpath, leading up to the new seal viewing platform. The path is suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs.

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