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Seal and kingfisher spotted in River Medway, near Maidstone

A seal has been spotted swimming in a Kent river.

Video footage captured by Pete Wilkins showed the animal bobbing about in the River Medway, near Maidstone earlier today.

And he was not alone with another unusual critter accompanying him.

Mr Wilkins explained: "I was on my terrace this morning having a cup of tea when I spotted something very rare in the water.

"A seal and a Kingfisher at the same time."

Kingfishers are usually found near lakes and water sources but are very hard to spot.

It's also not uncommon for seals to swim up rivers away from the sea in search of food but they usually find their way back.

Seals have previously been spotted in the River Medway with previous sightings off the Esplanade in Rochester and near Tovil.

On that occasion photographer Theresa Austin said: "I heard a noise thinking it was a swan or a duck, and when I turned around, it was there just looking at me right by the shoreline.

"I had to keep in my squeals of excitement because I didn't want to scare it off.

"I've been waiting four years to see one along this Esplanade.

"When I first moved there, I was told that they're seen on this river park and I've been looking all this time and never seen one. I was absolutely overjoyed."

The RSPCA has previously issued warnings to people to not feed them and keep dogs on leads when walking in the area.

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