Tuesday, 19th June 2012
In General Japan News,
Baby seal enjoys swimming in Japanese river
A baby seal was discovered enjoying the sun at the mouth of the Sagamigawa river in the Kanagawa Prefecture at the weekend (June 17th).
It was spotted by a passerby who alerted police to its presence, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.
Measuring around one metre in length, police said that it appeared to perfectly healthy and was enjoying itself.
A spokesperson from the nearby Enoshima Aquarium at Fujisawa said that its appearance was very rare, with seals only swimming into Japan around once a decade. They added that the white animal appeared to be either a ringed or spotted seal.
"When children tried to touch the seal, it really came to life. It was rolling around and so cute," Shizuo Miyama, a 67-year-old who saw the seal told the news provider.
Seals are very popular animals in Japan and earlier this year a programme was launched to provide robotic pet seals to people who had lost their homes in last year's tsunami in a bid to help them combat depression.
Written by Mark Smith