A long way from home! Muddy the seal pup is found in Plymouth after straying 3,000 miles off course from the Arctic
A plucky seal pup usually found in the Arctic Circle has been recorded in the English Channel for the first time after straying 3,000 miles (4,800km) off course.
The young mammal was at first mistaken for a native common seal when it was rescued from mudflats near Plymouth, Devon.
But a closer examination has confirmed it to be a female ringed seal - a species which rarely ventures south of Norway.
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RINGED SEALS Ringed seals are the most common and widely distributed seals in the Arctic.
They live throughout the Northern Hemisphere's oceans, where they feed on polar... read more
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