The Inner West Courier recently published an article of a seal in the Cooks River. Nigel Everest saw & filmed a seal frolicking around boats moored at Kyeemagh at the mouth of the Cooks River. See – http://bit.ly/M4aLqo
Nigel’s delightful video of the seal can be watched here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg0HQ4bG-pE
This week Marrickville Mudcrabs sent me two emails about other sightings of a seal in the Cooks River. One seal was seen swimming & feeding in the river at Steel Park Marrickville. It appeared to be eating a mullet. After finishing eating it swam towards Tempe.
Another sighting of the seal happened yesterday & was at the Illawarra Road bridge in Marrickville. The seal was estimated to be about 1.7metres in length & spent a lot of time under water coming up for a few breaths of air before descending again. Several other people also saw the seal & reported this to Mudcrabs.
If this isn’t amazing enough, a large shark reported at over 2-metres was recently seen in the same area.
The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service told the Inner West Courier that people should stay 40-metres away from adult seals & 80-metres away from pups. Although seal look sweet with their beautiful big brown eyes, they are strong animals & they do bite. So do sharks. Best to keep your dogs out of the river for a while with sharks about.
Last week I witnessed at least 80 cormorants suddenly leave a sand bar & start fishing together in the Cooks River off Tempe Reserve. Not quite as exciting as a seal or a shark, but it was a delightful sight. I haven’t seen so many cormorants in one place before. It is so good to see wildlife increasing in the Cooks River. I made a short video here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1VS76UP_xs