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Friday, December 6, 2013
This is the incredible moment a keen wildlife spotter captured an enduring image of the impact the storm surge has had on Norfolk’s nature - after a seal pup swam past him on a flooded road.
The young creature was seen swimming up the A149 at Cley this morning through the water brought inland by last night’s high tide.
Marcus Nash, from Hindolveston, spied the seal and quickly took these pictures of it as it swam under road signs, and for a brief moment pulled itself onto a bank.
Mr Nash, 44, a keen bird watcher, said: “I’ve never seen anything like this before. I’ve seen seals on the beach and been out on seal boats as a family but I’ve never seen one swimming along a road.”
The father-of-two set out for the north Norfolk coast at around 10am and headed for Cley, where he ended up on foot as the coast road was flooded.
He said: “I was chatting to a group of people down there. Somebody was looking towards the Cley Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitor centre and suddenly said ‘oh look, there’s an otter’.
“I turned and at that point it had dived, then it’s head came up and (said) no it isn’t, it’s a seal.
“It proceeded to swim right in front of us in what would have been the A149.”
Although astonished by the sight, Mr Nash and his fellow spectators became concerned for the pup as it was clearly in distress.
“It was calling all the time,” he added. “It’s over 1km from there to the sea where it should have been.”
The group of onlookers tracked the pup’s progress and were ready to call for it to be rescued, but it did not surface after pulling itself onto the bank, and the group did not see it again.
And the pup was not the only creature to have found itself in unusual surroundings after the floods, as Mr Nash also caught a group of swans swimming on the flooded road.
The floods also caused problems for three pigs in Norwich, who became stranded in a flooded field on Griffin Lane, Thorpe St Andrew.
Firefighters had to use an inflatable raft to rescue the animals after receiving the call at 4.32pm and, once specialist water crews arrived, had them safely reunited with their owner by 6.50pm.