Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Seals at Eyemouth


Last Friday we visited the little seaside town of Eyemouth on the East Coast of Scotland. Swimming around in the harbour there were about 6 seals who stay there all year round for a very good reason ~ a plentiful supply of eager tourists feeding them with fish!


There is a little blue kiosk at the side of the harbour which sells yucky fishy snacks for the seals and much yummier fishy snacks for people. For a couple of pounds you can buy a bag of fishy bits to feed to the seals, fortunately they also supply you with plastic gloves so that you don’t end up all smelly and fishy!


Along the harbour railings there are fishing rods which you attach the fish to and then you lower the fishy bits on the rods down to the seals. If you lower the fish onto the orange platform then the seals will jump onto the platform and get the fish that way too. They have to be quick though as the greedy seagulls are also ready and waiting to get some free food.


The children had such fun doing this and it is lovely to get so close to the seals and to see them in their natural environment ~ although I’m sure that normally they would have to look a bit harder for their food!



After we had fed the seals we decided that we were all feeling quite hungry too. We found a lovley little award winning restaurant and treated ourselves to a very nice traditional fish tea ~ with fish and chips, mushy peas, bread and butter and a cup of tea and very yummy it was too :O)

10 comments:

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

That sounds so fun, my daughter would LOVE to do that!! I am secretly impressed they provide the gloves, hee hee :)

lisa ridgeon said...

Wow! That is so cool! I've never been that close to seals. I've touched dolphins in captivity and seen them jumping around our boat at sea. There's something much more special about seeing wildlife in the wild!

And a fish supper! You can't go to the seaside without having a fish supper! Yum! :o)
X X

Pink Feather Paradise said...

What a very clued up person to set up that stall... and it hopefully stops people feeding them unsuitable food...

looks like a fabulous time was had by all

x Alex

Alexandra said...

What at fab day out. My children would love that. I may just take a wee trip East......

Lyn said...

Oh seals are so cute-those eyes!
Your super sounds a lot nicer than my boring quiche and salad!
Love
Lyn
xxx

dottydotty said...

how cute are they I so wish i lived nearer to the sea

Glenn Spiteri said...

Fed the saels myself last weekend. It was well worth the two quid for fish to feed these friendly and interesting creatures. I got some great pics too.

Glenn Spiteri said...

Well worth the two quid for fish to feed these huge friendly creatures. I got som great pics too.

Glenn Spiteri said...

Well worth the two quid for fish to feed these huge friendly creatures. I got some great pics too.

Cath said...

We were in Eyemouth on Wednesday and spotted the seals. We asked ourselves lots of questions like how/why etc and now you've answered them all! We are very unobservant - missed the purpose of the blue kiosk entirely! I found your blog because I was looking for species of seal as they looked different from seals I've seen in the past.