17/03/2016 by Carl Reynolds
This morning I ran and later I did endless lanes; and to top it off I thought I’d have a dip at Churston Cove. After a mile’s walk and a climbing traverse along the cliffs I sat and soaked in the gently breaking waves and timed the seal’s surfacing for breath at about ten minutes.
Stripped and wading in to dip I noticed a dog watching the cove from the path above. A short while later he was down on the beach and looking out to sea. Getting changed and chatting to his owner the seal surfaced and the dog was off. Into the water and swimming for the seal. The seal stayed still until the dog was almost upon him and then flipped and dived. The dog circled for a while and then settled on a submerged rock to watch for the seal again. Jake’s owner told me he’d often spend an hour in the water playing with the seals and had never been injured in four years. Jake – redefining the herding instinct of collies!