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Keith the seal spotted again in Powick
8:37am Monday 19th May 2014 in News
ANOTHER sighing of Keith the seal appears to have confirmed her return to the area.
Keith was spotted in the water at Powick by Sally Robinson, who captured a photo of what could be the iconic seal just under the surface.
Her photograph was taken the same day Kempsey resident James Perry saw Keith on a riverbank in the village near Worcester at about 9.15pm while walking in fields off Pixham Ferry Lane, Kempsey.
Dilip Sarkar, the Angling Trust's fisheries enforcement manager, says the same evening a seal was apparently feeding on barbel fish in the river Teme, which has caused concern among anglers.
Mr Sarkar said: "At this time of year, many fish, including barbel, migrate from the Severn into the Teme to spawn in the cleaner, shallower, gravel-bottomed river - a perfect barbel habitat.
"Because of the numbers of fish present at this time of year, these fish are extremely vulnerable.
"The seal taking pre-spawning or spawning barbel is particularly catestrophic - the barbel population is demonstrably in decline, and is currently subject to formal scientific study."
Last week rumours spread that the female grey seal may have been killed by a man during a fishing session on the banks of the Severn.
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