Get Away from the Bustling City Life This Summer and Take a Seal Trip at Blakeney Point
by Robert Key Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Their traditional clinker ferry boat, lovingly restored and named the Ptarmigan, will take you on a fascinating voyage through Blakeney Harbour to the seal colony, where both Common and Grey seals reside at Blakeney Point. Keen birdwatchers can also find a binocular and photographic extravaganza of many species including Terns, Ducks, Geese, Gulls, Cormorants, Shearwaters and Guillamots.
However, the main feature of this natural gem is sighting the Common and Grey Seals, which are based at Blakeney Point year round. The time to spot these types of seals depends on their mating seasons: the Greys produce pups in November through January, while the Common Seals birth during the summer months.
The numbers fluctuate due to local fish stocks, but there can be anywhere up to 600 seals sighted at a time. There is no need to worry about scaring the seals or not being able to see one up close, as the seals are very used to the boat. Their natural curiosity often excites them to surface and stare at tourists from only a few metres away—an awesome sight for all the family.
During the trip, which lasts about an hour, the crew share their personal history and sights of this wonderful harbour, along with all the facts about the seals, birds and other wildlife.
Finding the ferry quay is relatively easy and food and rest rooms are available before your adventure. The quay is located just past the National Trust office and over three wooden bridges. The Ptarmigan is moored on the wooden jetties where you will see a Moreton’s sign. You can easily spot the crew wearing mid blue tops with Moreton’s seal trips on their fronts and they will be happy to guide you on your way.
You will want to be aware that trips vary by to tides, so it’s best to book your seal ferry trip to avoid any inconvenience. One can simply call to reserve their seat, the phone number is 01263 740792. Tickets are purchased at Blakeney Quay in advance of sailing times, and departure is from Morston Quay, which is only a five minute drive or 30 minute walk away. To also find out more you can visit their website - http://www.blakeneypointsealtrips.co.uk
So, let our fully qualified skipper and his proud crew take you on a superb adventure this summer away from bustling city life to the quiet beauty of the Sea shore wild life at Blakeney Point!
Ph #: 01263 740792
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