This morning we drove to Combe Martin to see RSPCA West Hatch release their last two grey seals. There were lots of other home educating families there as the event had been mentioned on a local group page.
We did some reading about seals before we left and Aaron wanted to know why they had been rescued. We chatted to an animal ambulance volunteer and discovered that the pups had been separated from their parents and washed ashore during the winter storms. An RSPCA worker told us they eat 30-40 kilos of mackerel every day!
The first seal flippity-flopped his way straight back into the sea.
The other one stayed by his crate for several minutes, taking in his surroundings, so we were able to watch him up close.
It was really exciting to watch them swimming around the bay and bobbing their heads up here and there. We were still catching occasional glimpses of them when we left an hour and a half later.
Several of the families stayed around afterwards, so Aaron and Tabitha spent the rest of the morning playing with friends, paddling and rock climbing.
This evening the children enjoyed watching some clips of themselves and their friends on the local news: