Hovis and I were walking on the beach early on Saturday morning when we came across a baby seal up on the rocks .
I think it was probably about 4 weeks old. Their mothers feed them for only 3 weeks then abandon them and go back to sea to mate again.
The babies eventually realise mother is not returning and go into the sea and start to try and catch fish and feed themselves - a pretty harsh introduction to survival!
When they are born they are covered with thick white fur and they start to shed this at 3/4 weeks after they are weaned . They gain 3 times their birth weight in the 3 weeks that their mothers feed them and they live off this fat reserve while learning to catch fish themselves .
This one had come ashore to rest and as the tide was coming in it made its way back down to the sea while I watched it . Although it had a runny nose it seemed quite lively and I didn't see any injuries.
I have the number of the seal hospital on my phone so I can call them if I find an injured one but I didn't think it was necessary for this one.
Although they are very graceful in the water . seals are so awkward on land and it took several minutes to shuffle down to the sea.
Eventually he/she made it!
Last seen heading out to sea
I hope its ok - we have had a couple of very windy stormy days though we missed the worst of the storms last night . There were 90mph winds on the South English coast and thousands of people are without power - luckily it didn't come this far north !