VIDEO: Seal spotted relaxing by River Arun

The seal seemed to be taking inspiration from Otis Redding while sitting on the dock of the River Arun.
The seal seemed to be taking inspiration from Otis Redding while sitting on the dock of the River Arun.

A seal has been spotted relaxing by the cool waters of the River Arun.

The cuddly-looking mammal was spotted having a whale – or rather, a seal – of a time near Arundel by Jamie Ward from Walberton this morning.

He was on a walk with his sons Joshua, Charlie, seven, and Noah five, and Joshua’s best friend Molly Smithers, eight, to celebrate his eldest son’s ninth birthday.

The 36-year-old said: “I walked past, and said ‘look boys, someone has a model seal on their decking’, and then it moved its head.

“The kids were fascinated; they absolutely loved it. Josh thought it was a great birthday present.”

He checked online to see if seals are often spotted in the area, which brought up a Gazette article from 2013, which was the last reported sighting.

He believed it was a pup, and it appeared to be moulting. He wondered if there was a breeding pair in the river.

Jamie said: “It was just chilling out at the side of the river.

“It seemed quite happy and didn’t mind us standing and staring. It was really unusual to see one.”