Swansea barrage (shown above) was built in 1992 with the aim of creating a new marina to extend the leisure facilities already offered by the old industrial docks. One of the main environmental considerations during the project was to ensure that fish could still move freely both up and down the river even at times of low tide. The solution was to construct an impressive fish ladder to the left of the main weir, but it isn’t just fish that are making use of it. A couple of the local Seals have caught on to the fact that the ladder concentrates fish into a very small area, and have basically been pigging out ever since. Last weekend two of these intelligent mammals were hunting there at low tide, often diving right into the lowest “step” itself. Although I didn’t see them catch anything while I was present a passing walker did mention that she had seen one devour a huge Salmon the previous day. How many other cities can boast this sort of spectacle right in their centre?
Overall the weekend was a great success for Seals in general with us spotting individuals off Oxwich Point, Fall Bay, Bracelet Bay and at least twelve lounging around on the rocks and in the sea off Worms Head. For once the lighting was actually favourable and I was able to get my best ever Seal photos. These are some of my favourites.