• Seal swims 50 miles upriver into lake

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    A seal has swum more than 50 miles (80km) along a river, crossing flooded fields to end up in a land-locked lake. Anglers who fish at Fen Drayton, near Swavesey, Cambridgeshire, wil lno doubt be worrying aobut the fate fo the lake’s big carp, which are known to grow to more than 50lb, after video of the seal was shown. The footage shows the seal battling to cross a barrier to get into a lake on the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) site. Graham Elliott of the RSPB said the seal could prove to be a “great visitor attraction”. Seals are occasionally spotted on the Great Ouse at nearby St Ives, but this is believed to be the first to turn up in a Cambridgeshire lake. Elliott said that  there were plenty of fish in the lakes to sustain it. Anglers may feel slightly differently.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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