Seal spotted playing in River Wear at Chester-le-Street after swimming up from Sunderland

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The creature travelled around 12 miles up the river

This was the scene as a happy seal was spotted playing in the high waters of the River Wear at Chester-le-Street.

The seal at Chester-le-Street. Picture by Billy Atkinson.The seal at Chester-le-Street. Picture by Billy Atkinson.
The seal at Chester-le-Street. Picture by Billy Atkinson. | The seal at Chester-le-Street. Picture by Billy Atkinson.

The sea-going mammal was an unusual sight that far inland, but seals can sometimes be spotted that far up.

The seal at Chester-le-Street. Picture by Billy Atkinson.The seal at Chester-le-Street. Picture by Billy Atkinson.
The seal at Chester-le-Street. Picture by Billy Atkinson. | The seal at Chester-le-Street. Picture by Billy Atkinson.

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The seal at Chester-le-Street. Picture by Billy Atkinson.The seal at Chester-le-Street. Picture by Billy Atkinson.
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The seal will have travelled around 12 miles up river to get to Chester-le-Street, entering the Wear at Roker and following its twists and turns through Sunderland, Washington, Penshaw, taking a tour through the Lambton Estate and passing a sewage works.

The seal was spotted at snapped by Billy Atkinson at Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street on Sunday.

"What a beautiful sight," he said.

"The seal hung around for a couple of days but has now gone back home now."

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