'Catch me if you can' says Keith the seal as he visits Upton

Bromsgrove Advertiser: POSTCARD PERFECT: Keith the seal relaxing in Upton. Picture by Elliott Dean POSTCARD PERFECT: Keith the seal relaxing in Upton. Picture by Elliott Dean

IT seems Keith the seal may be taunting her potential captors as she lounges around Upton Marina – the home of Mercia Inshore Search and Rescue (MISAR).

Lying on her back seemingly without a care in the world, the plucky seal raises a paw in the air as if to say “catch me if you can”.

Obviously, the female seal is unaware of the continuing furore surrounding her presence in the river Severn with the battle lines drawn between those who believe she should be captured and returned to the sea and those who would rather leave her alone.

In November, MISAR and the British Divers Marine Life Trust were instructed by the Angling Trust to capture Keith and release her into the sea after the trust was granted a licence from Natural England. 

However, the female seal evaded capture and the plans were put on hold because the locks were shut for two weeks and have yet to be resumed.

MISAR chair David Walker was unavailable to comment yesterday about when the efforts to capture the marine mammal would continue.

Almost 3,000 people have so far signed a petition asking the trust to abandon the capture attempts.

While the conflict rumbles on, Keith has continued to be spotted along the river Severn. On Saturday, she greeted the new boss of Northwick Marina after popping up alongside the boats.

Mike Fernandes, of Sinton Green, took over the marina on January 1 and was astounded to be greeted by the city’s most notorious resident.

As he took a customer to look at a boat, assistant manager Jules Knott spotted the female seal in the waters off Neweys Hill.

Mr Knott, of Greenford Gardens, Worcester, said: “We were all in awe, you don’t get to see something like that every day and in such close surroundings too.”

Yesterday the Angling Trust said it remained “entirely committed” to capturing Keith and returning her to the sea.

In a statement the trust said it was working with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) animal rescue charity to remove Keith in order to protect both her and endangered fish stocks in the river.

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9:18am Tue 14 Jan 14

Joe the Tug says...

Funny, considering the concern of the Angling Trust and its members regarding endangered fish stocks in the river. I haven't seen any of them on the flood plains in the last day or two. Lots of endangered fish stocks floundering in ever dwindling pools of water. Speaks volumes for their so called concern regarding endangered fish stocks in the river.
Funny, considering the concern of the Angling Trust and its members regarding endangered fish stocks in the river. I haven't seen any of them on the flood plains in the last day or two. Lots of endangered fish stocks floundering in ever dwindling pools of water. Speaks volumes for their so called concern regarding endangered fish stocks in the river. Joe the Tug

9:36am Tue 14 Jan 14

Andy1955 says...

Isn't it about time the local council passed a byelaw protecting Keith? Listen to your parishioners! 3000ish People have bothered to sign the petition, I challenge the fishermen to match that! It's not rocket science.
Isn't it about time the local council passed a byelaw protecting Keith? Listen to your parishioners! 3000ish People have bothered to sign the petition, I challenge the fishermen to match that! It's not rocket science. Andy1955

10:33am Tue 14 Jan 14

WhyBother says...

''Catch me if you can' says Keith the seal as he visits Upton'

Did any witness' actually hear this quote? Wouldn't want poor Keith to be misquoted.
''Catch me if you can' says Keith the seal as he visits Upton' Did any witness' actually hear this quote? Wouldn't want poor Keith to be misquoted. WhyBother

11:10am Tue 14 Jan 14

pennyworth says...

Only a matter of time before someone photoshops this so that Keith is "giving the finger" to would-be captors.
Only a matter of time before someone photoshops this so that Keith is "giving the finger" to would-be captors. pennyworth

1:34pm Tue 14 Jan 14

tub_thumper says...

pennyworth wrote:
Only a matter of time before someone photoshops this so that Keith is "giving the finger" to would-be captors.
Haha! I think I'll get onto it right now! 😁
[quote][p][bold]pennyworth[/bold] wrote: Only a matter of time before someone photoshops this so that Keith is "giving the finger" to would-be captors.[/p][/quote]Haha! I think I'll get onto it right now! 😁 tub_thumper

1:37pm Tue 14 Jan 14

tub_thumper says...

Joe the Tug wrote:
Funny, considering the concern of the Angling Trust and its members regarding endangered fish stocks in the river. I haven't seen any of them on the flood plains in the last day or two. Lots of endangered fish stocks floundering in ever dwindling pools of water. Speaks volumes for their so called concern regarding endangered fish stocks in the river.
You've hit the nail right on the head there! I'm sure there are many more stranded fish diying in pools of water compared to the amount of fish that Keith is eating.
[quote][p][bold]Joe the Tug[/bold] wrote: Funny, considering the concern of the Angling Trust and its members regarding endangered fish stocks in the river. I haven't seen any of them on the flood plains in the last day or two. Lots of endangered fish stocks floundering in ever dwindling pools of water. Speaks volumes for their so called concern regarding endangered fish stocks in the river.[/p][/quote]You've hit the nail right on the head there! I'm sure there are many more stranded fish diying in pools of water compared to the amount of fish that Keith is eating. tub_thumper

2:07pm Tue 14 Jan 14

RobertMWest says...

Has anyone considered that Keith might one day want to find Mr Right Seal, get married, buy an Island and have children of her own? It must be very lonely being the only Seal in the Severn.
Has anyone considered that Keith might one day want to find Mr Right Seal, get married, buy an Island and have children of her own? It must be very lonely being the only Seal in the Severn. RobertMWest

3:14pm Tue 14 Jan 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

Saw her at Diglis on Saturday - hopefully she continues downstream and finally gets past all the locks and back to the sea!!!
Saw her at Diglis on Saturday - hopefully she continues downstream and finally gets past all the locks and back to the sea!!! imustbeoldiwearacap

7:09pm Wed 15 Jan 14

SharonEnvAgency says...

Joe the Tug wrote:
Funny, considering the concern of the Angling Trust and its members regarding endangered fish stocks in the river. I haven't seen any of them on the flood plains in the last day or two. Lots of endangered fish stocks floundering in ever dwindling pools of water. Speaks volumes for their so called concern regarding endangered fish stocks in the river.
Please call the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 80 70 60 with any reports of fish stranded and their location. Thanks
[quote][p][bold]Joe the Tug[/bold] wrote: Funny, considering the concern of the Angling Trust and its members regarding endangered fish stocks in the river. I haven't seen any of them on the flood plains in the last day or two. Lots of endangered fish stocks floundering in ever dwindling pools of water. Speaks volumes for their so called concern regarding endangered fish stocks in the river.[/p][/quote]Please call the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 80 70 60 with any reports of fish stranded and their location. Thanks SharonEnvAgency

9:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

CJH says...

SharonEnvAgency wrote:
Joe the Tug wrote:
Funny, considering the concern of the Angling Trust and its members regarding endangered fish stocks in the river. I haven't seen any of them on the flood plains in the last day or two. Lots of endangered fish stocks floundering in ever dwindling pools of water. Speaks volumes for their so called concern regarding endangered fish stocks in the river.
Please call the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 80 70 60 with any reports of fish stranded and their location. Thanks
Can we just phone Keith instead?
[quote][p][bold]SharonEnvAgency[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joe the Tug[/bold] wrote: Funny, considering the concern of the Angling Trust and its members regarding endangered fish stocks in the river. I haven't seen any of them on the flood plains in the last day or two. Lots of endangered fish stocks floundering in ever dwindling pools of water. Speaks volumes for their so called concern regarding endangered fish stocks in the river.[/p][/quote]Please call the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 80 70 60 with any reports of fish stranded and their location. Thanks[/p][/quote]Can we just phone Keith instead? CJH

11:41pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mr Analysis says...

As a fisherman i still say leave her to do what she wants, sod the snobs who run the Angling Trust crap.
As a fisherman i still say leave her to do what she wants, sod the snobs who run the Angling Trust crap. Mr Analysis

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