I recently went seal watching in Norwich and I thought I would share my experience with you. The day started off with us missing our train unfortunately, so we had to wait for a little bit more than an hour for the next one. We were headed to Blakeney Point, which is a National Nature Reserve in the coastal city of Blakeney and is well known for common and grey seal sightings. We finally made our way up to the boat yard and met up with the people who owned it. This was in a salt marsh and when we arrived the tide was low so you could see how deep the creaks were. To access the seal colonies you either need to get on a boat or walk, with walking allowing you to get closer to the seals.
They showed us the way to the boats and we soon set off. Along the way they pointed out several buildings including the lifeboat house, which is the infamous blue building along the coast, and the watch house (from a distance). I must admit, my sister and I were very distracted by the German Shepherd on the boat, and found it very hard to concentrate on what the guides were saying. I did absorb the fact that the sandy coastline that surrounds Blakeney Point serves as breeding grounds to the seals during the summer. Hence, we missed the peak breeding and mating season. We did witness some pups along with several adults, however, both in the water and on the beach (lots on the beach for many meters). We were told that if we were lucky, they would swim alongside the boat. Alas, we weren’t lucky at all. I must add, it was rather strange seeing young seals hidden in the shrubs on the sand dunes, higher up the coastline, but they were still so adorable.
The seals were almost motionless, most of them asleep when we encountered them. My Mum suggested that humans too should have the luxury that they have (she loves to sleep). My eyes followed one as it got into the water and when it did, it was so agile and quick. One minute you would see them popping up on one side of the boat, next minute you’d see him/her on the other side of the boat! You could argue that they were two different seals, but I’m a budding marine biologist so I know what I’m talking about (there were probably more seals in the water than on land; who knows?). My point is, it was almost impossible to get some decent close up shots of them. They also explained how several birds too use this coastline as their breeding ground. We witnessed a few birds as well, namely ducks and geese like Mallard and Brent geese, respectively.
On our way back we barely made it out of the boat as the tide was extremely high and we were extremely cold, but that didn’t stop us from stopping for some last-minute pictures.