Seal found basking in a Yorkshire field after swimming 50 miles through

first_img“It’s thought that they are simply following their food source which would include salmon or sea trout making their way up the river at particular times of the year.  Topcliffe Weir Facebook Page The seal apparently got lost while chasing fishCredit: Karen Hargreave “My husband and I decided to try our luck on Friday morning, and sure enough he was still there,  out on the bank. He was an amazing sight.”He was also spotted by walker Tony Wilson, 48, who thought the animal was a sheep.Mr Wilson said: “It looked so bizarre. At first I thought it was a sheep but as I got closer I saw he was a great big grey seal. I couldn’t figure out how he’d arrived there but speaking to people in the village later it seems he’d swam all the way from the sea up the river.”Sea life experts were impressed by the “incredible” journey the seal made. Head Curator at Sea Life Manchester, Alan Kwan told The Telegraph: “It’s true what they say, there’s no such thing as a free dinner, even in the animal world! It’s likely the seal hankered after a particularly dishy fish – so much so that the seal gave chase for 50 miles! Seals are incredible animals, the transition from sea to freshwater wouldn’t have bothered him at all.”  “When I saw the message, I rang my friend as I couldn’t quite believe it. She confirmed the sighting .but also said that it had since disappeared.  She said: “Some friends of ours went for a walk, and saw something large in the river. “On closer inspection they realised it was a seal and as I am interested in wildlife they messaged me. “Apparently the seal had turned up last Thursday morning. Locals from the mill spoke to various experts, some I think may have visited the site, and confirmed it was a large healthy male. “He had probably swum up from the Humber estuary following salmon.  The seal apparently got lost while chasing fish When ramblers spotted a large grey creature basking in the Yorkshire Dales, they assumed it was a sheep. However, it turned out to be a determined seal, which swam 50 miles through Britain’s river network from the North Sea in pursuit of fish.The long-distance swimmer had most likely become lost and disorientated after chasing a salmon or sea trout upstream, according to experts.The seal is thought to have swum through York on its way to the Dales, in pursuit of fresh Spring salmon.Seals are mammals which usually prefer a salt water marine environment, as this is where most of the fish they can eat are found, but can also swim in fresh water, and do this when they chase their food sources up rivers.Anthony Hurd, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Centre Manager in Flamborough, said it is not rare for seals to travel upstream in search of food, but that it is “surprising” the animal was spotted so far inland. It is thought by the Trust that the animal became lost while on its journey to catch fish.Bex Lynam, The Trust’s North Sea Marine Advocacy Officer, told The Telegraph: “Seals are known to use a number of the UK’s rivers and on occasions will swim upriver for quite some distance.  “They may then become disorientated, especially younger seals, which is why they have been reported found in fields and similar unusual locations, having hauled themselves out of the river and on to dry land.”Seals are mammals which usually prefer a salt water marine environment, as this is where most of the fish they can eat are found, but can also swim in fresh water, and do this when they chase their food sources up rivers.Walkers were stunned to see the large grey male seal near Thirsk, at a spot near Topcliffe Weir.He was pictured by amateur photographer Karen Hargreave, from the area, who said she had never seen anything like it before. The seal was seen swimming in the weirCredit:Topcliffe Weir Facebook Page Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas marry in India

Fireworks erupted over the wedding venue, the Umaid Bhawan Palace, soon after they were married (Reuters image)BBC- Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have married in a Christian ceremony at a royal palace in India.The Bollywood superstar and the Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, wed before family and friends in Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhavan Palace.People magazine said the ceremony was officiated by Jonas’s father Paul Kevin Jonas. The couple will have a traditional Hindu ceremony on Sunday.Jonas and Chopra became engaged four months ago after dating for a year.They both confirmed the wedding had taken place on their respective social media accounts.They said “one of the special things” about their relationship was the merging of their families, faiths and cultures “and so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing”.Jonas, 26, and Chopra, 36, are believed to have first started dating around the time of the Met Gala in May 2017. They got engaged in London just over a year later.She is a Bollywood megastar who has crossed into American TV and films, while he is a singer, songwriter and actor (AFP/ Getty Images)Chopra won the Miss World pageant in 2000 and went on to make more than 50 films in India, becoming one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses.Time magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, while Forbes magazine included her in a list of the world’s 100 most powerful women last year.Chopra broke in to acting in the US with a part in the TV series Quantico and film roles in Ventilator, Baywatch and A Kid like Jake.She was a guest of Meghan Markle at her wedding to Prince Harry earlier this year.Jonas was part of a band with his brothers Joe and Kevin and got a big following on the Disney Channel through films such as Camp Rock.He has since gone solo, with hits including Levels, Jealous and Chains, and was a mentor alongside Demi Lovato on The X Factor. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNewly-wed Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have Hindu ceremonyDecember 2, 2018In “Entertainment”Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas confirm they are engagedAugust 18, 2018In “Entertainment”Indians unite to defend Priyanka ChopraDecember 7, 2018In “latest news” read more

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