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)