Horses and a Seal on Weymouth Beach
Galloping horses and a lazy seal in the morning!
As lockdown eases, Weymouth beach is becoming a little busier and it's not just humans. Along with our friendly dolphins, we now have a seal as a regular visitor to go with the earlybird horse riders. It really is worth getting up early for a stroll, jog or cycle along Weymouth Esplanade right now...and take your camera just in case!
I decided to check the Weymouth Beach webcam yesterday morning to see how calm the sea was. I thought that if it was flat, there would be a good chance of seeing the seal. Upon checking, I was there was a larger than usual number of horses on the beach so I grabbed my camera and cycled down there.
I managed to get some superb shots as they played in the water which you can see below (all images strictly copyright). Once I had enough shots, I cycled along the Esplanade hoping to see the sea.
As I cycled past the first outcrop of rocks, I saw a small group of people and when I looked back, there he was lounging on the beach in fromt of everyone.
I went back, sat a good distance away and had a chat with a local couple. They had been there since around 5-6am swimming for the summer solstice and saw the seal along the beacj swimming with some other people.
Keep your distance
Before I get any comments about how close some people got, I want to explain what happened when the seal got super close to one lady in the photos.
We were all watching the seal from a distance and had been for some time when a gentleman and his dog walked past. Oblivious to the seal and our shouts to him to take control, his dog ran towards the seal causing it to flee into the sea. Regardless, the man left the beach and left his dog sniffing around where the seal had been.
The lady in the photos walked down there and just sat on the beach and the seal, after looking at the dog from the sea, made its escape.
However, a few minutes later, it appeared again. It swam to the shoreline, saw the lady sitting there and came out of the sea. It made its way towards her and got so close he had a quick sniff of her leg and then just got back on with his lounging around.
Gallery of Horses and Seal on Weymouth Beach
Please note that the images below are copyright to Nick Stubbs so please do not copy or share. If you are part of the group in the images, please get in touch before downloading. Thanks.