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  • 2 January 2013, 8:30

Seal Swims Miles Inland Through Flood Waters

A seal has ended up in a lake miles from the sea after swimming through flooded fields.

The animal was filmed climbing over a flood defence next to the RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes near St Ives in Cambridgeshire.

It is seen battling against the flow of water coming over the barrier before finally crossing it and swimming away.

It is believed the seal may have ended up in the area after swimming up the River Great Ouse and crossing flooded land near the lakes.

RSPB member Robjn, who filmed the creature, said: "At first sight in the water I thought it was a dog in trouble but as it came up for air I could see it was a seal.

"It was swimming up a ditch that links to the Great Ouse. In the video it is swimming from the ditch and up into the flooded field."

Seals have been known to enter the Great Ouse near King's Lynn in Norfolk.

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