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PostSubject: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyMon Feb 09, 2015 5:30 pm

With a rather large Fish in its mouth, Not Good!!

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PostSubject: Re: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyTue Feb 10, 2015 12:10 am

Agreed Sad

Is that just me or is that a barbel?

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PostSubject: Re: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyTue Feb 10, 2015 11:59 am

It does look like a Barbel yes, Someone else thought it was a common Carp, hard to tell but certainty a specimen.
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PostSubject: Re: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyTue Feb 10, 2015 7:31 pm

It is nature for sure mate, spot on. Question whether it should really be there is another thing, a predatory animal not in its natural habitat. Guess all about that balance, but if its talking lots of fish the damage could be huge.



Where was the picture posted as can see local news reports but all happy clappy stuff.

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PostSubject: Re: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyTue Feb 10, 2015 9:29 pm

Its a natural reaction to what humans have done to marine fish populations...
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PostSubject: Re: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyWed Feb 11, 2015 5:51 am

James Mitchell wrote:
Its a natural reaction to what humans have done to marine fish populations...

exactlly james, migration to find food and survive,just like humans.
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PostSubject: Re: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyWed Feb 11, 2015 10:24 am

"Teddington lock keeper Howard Miatt had a phone call from a resident of Trowlock Island on Wednesday last week to say the seal was feeding there

"We do get them up here from time to time," he added.

"They tend to follow fish up from the coast. The fish are in a narrow waterway, so they [the seals] stay up here until they have exhausted the fish supply and get bored."

Let's hope he's wrong!

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PostSubject: Re: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyWed Feb 11, 2015 11:08 am

If this was 100 years ago then people would likely move it on or kill it to protect what they have, now we call it nature? In this environment it is the no1 predator and out of its natural habitat.

Difficult one for sure, but it will eat what 20 odd pounds of fish a day, then if you look at a post flood recovering river that the EA should be protecting, doesnt add up, but yes difficult balance. Very unlike what happened up on the Severn...
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PostSubject: Re: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyWed Feb 11, 2015 12:19 pm

IMO it should be removed and relocated to the nearest colony of its species.
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PostSubject: Re: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyWed Feb 11, 2015 4:26 pm

eye wood lik 2 no how it got over teddington lock, did some1 give it a bunk up or somethink
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PostSubject: Re: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyWed Feb 11, 2015 5:37 pm

Keith Collett wrote:
eye wood lik 2 no how it got over teddington lock, did some1 give it a bunk up or somethink

I imagine it just swam through the lock itself. When there was a seal there about 15 years ago I remember seeing it hanging around the lock gates.

Otherwise, it could have climbed over the "portage" ramp, or just swum over the weir itself at high tide, when the water level goes back over the weir.
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PostSubject: Re: The Molesey Seal   The Molesey Seal EmptyWed Feb 11, 2015 8:20 pm

Its a seal they are trained to get over obstacles in and out of water. Its a long course only the best get through. Plainly the Molesey one is the cream of the crop.
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