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Seal spotted on River Medway from Medway City Estate in Strood

A seal has been spotted several miles inland on the shore of a Kent river.

Two separate videos, taken by Steph Holland and Charmain James, show the marine mammal rolling around on the bank of the River Medway.

The onlookers managed to catch a glimpse of the seal on the Medway City Estate s in Strood.

It was across from the Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham which can be seen in the background.

Commenting on Facebook, where many shared their joy at the sighting, Ms Holland said: "We see him often swimming along, but never chilling on the bay before."

Another person added: "I knew I saw a seal when I was on the train!"

It is not the furthest inland seals have been spotted.

The seal by the River Medway next to the Medway City Estate
The seal by the River Medway next to the Medway City Estate

Earlier this year, one was seen in the River Medway near Maidstone.

Common seals, also known as harbour seals, are one of two seal species living in UK waters alongside grey seals.

According to information from the London Wildlife Trust, they are most commonly found around the coasts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Teesmouth and eastern England.

When not at sea, they are most likely to be based around sheltered shores and estuaries where they can pull themselves onto sandbanks and beaches.

Common seals can also grow up to two metres in length and weigh between 65 and 150kg.

They have an average lifespan of between 20 and 35 years, and can be seen at any point throughout the year.

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