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Cheeky Seal takes a break on our dinghy on the Beaulieu River!

We woke up after our first night on the Beaulieu River to find this adorable seal on our tender! He arrived some time during the night and chose to rest on our dinghy until 10.00am.

After sailing to the Isle of Wight we had a short sail back across the Solent to the Beaulieu River on the South Coast of the UK where we had taken a mooring for 4 nights. The river is just one of a handful of privately owned rivers in the world, carefully conserved by the Montagu family for over four centuries.

There are 8 visitor buoys at just £10 per night, up to a max of 7 nights, available close to the river entrance. However these are on a first come, first served basis and do not include use of the marina facilities. More expensive moorings are available further upstream along with the marina itself, which must be booked in advance.

The Beaulieu River attracts a diverse range of wildlife including around 200 species of birdlife and is the perfect place to chill out away from the often busy stretch of water that is the Solent.

The Solent area is home to common and grey seals, which can regularly be seen on the Beaulieu River and this cheeky one has been known to frequent visiting dinghies and has been affectionately named ‘Sammy the Seal’

In fact Sammy the Beaulieu Seal visited us every night. We would hear him arrive at around 4am and he would stay until 9/10am when he would stick his head under the water, take a look around and then slip under!

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