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A seal has been spotted swimming in a Kent river.

Kay Breden saw the animal feeding in the River Medway near Rainham on Saturday.

The seal was spotted in the River Medway near Rainham with a fish in its mouth. Picture: Kay Breden
The seal was spotted in the River Medway near Rainham with a fish in its mouth. Picture: Kay Breden

The 36-year-old said she spotted the creature while visiting her grandparents' home in Beckenham Residential Park at the top of Otterham Quay Lane.

"Their garden backs on to the river, so while we were having a catch up outdoors we started to see fish jumping from the water, and then up pops this seal," said Kay.

"He was there for a good hour or so, and we saw him get through about six fish so he certainly had his fill, and these were massive fish as well. He seemed very happy."

It was the first seal Kay, who lives in Langley near Maidstone, has seen from her nan's garden.

"Nan and grandad have been there for years and years.

Kay saw the animal feasting on fish. Picture: Kay Breden
Kay saw the animal feasting on fish. Picture: Kay Breden

"My nan has only ever seen one since they've been living there so it was a really nice thing to see. We have noticed a type of dolphin there before but we don't really see them much.

"We just wanted to make sure he followed the tide out and not get stuck, thankfully my nan knows who to call if something was to happen."

But this isn't the first time the aquatic mammal has been spotted in the river.

It is unknown whether this seal is the same animal which has been stuck in the River Medway for more than a month.

Named Bradley, he was first spotted between East Farleigh and the bridge at Tovil near Maidstone.

The animal was spotted on Saturday. Picture: Kay Breden
The animal was spotted on Saturday. Picture: Kay Breden

The RSPCA used the opportunity to remind pet owners to keep their distance.

Attempts to rescue Bradley were launched after some youths were seen firing catapults at him.

Escaped animals, unusual finds and news from the RSPCA can all be found here.

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