I didn’t even realise until a few years back that there are seals in the sea in the UK! I guess I’d never seen one before whenever I was on holiday and so I never thought about it. When we went on holiday to Brixham in Devon I saw a seal in the sea for the first time and I was amazed!
Since then we stumbled upon Mutton Cove when exploring the north coast of Cornwall on a holiday last year before we moved to Cornwall. We were amazed to see a few seals on the beach in the summer as I documented in this Instagram post in July 2021:
Seal spotting at Mutton Cove by Godrevy Point and Gwithian in late December
Since seeing a few seals at Mutton Cove in July, I’d read they reach a peak in January so I knew we had to see for ourselves once we moved to Cornwall. We moved in the summer and this winter we have been seal spotting a few times!
It was very different returning to Gwithian beach and Godrevy lighthouse at the end of December. It was SO windy! In the summer we had visited on a super hot day and lounged around on the cliff opposite the lighthouse to escape the crowded beach.
The beach was all ours this time and the waves were amazing crashing around in the wind.
Seal spotting at Porth Joke (Polly Joke) in Cornwall in late December
Wow! We’d been here a few days before and saw around 40 seals… then popped back on New Year’s Eve and saw over 80 seals!
Ben actually printed a pic off when we got home so he could count them! Over 80 on the beach and we saw at least 10 more in the surrounding waters.
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4 thoughts on “Seal spotting at Godrevy and Porth Joke in Cornwall in winter”
Amazing scenery, and what gorgeous animals. I love all their different markings, and they look quite cosy nestled between the cliffs!
It’s great to see them in their natural environment 🙂
This looks so beautiful, my children would be so excited if they saw all them seals lying around
Wow looks amazing