Five seal sightings in east London as numbers boom
Conservationists have made five seal sightings around Docklands and Greenwich in recent weeks as they report "astounding" numbers in the capital in the south-east.
The Zoological Society of London said it has recorded 708 sightings of seals in the area in its first ever count.
A harbour seal was seen in the river at Hilton Docklands in Rotherhithe, while a grey seal was spotted at Millwall Dock by Harbour Exchange.
Unknown species were also noted by The O2, Cutty Sark and Ballast Quay in Greenwich.
Seals have long been spotted in the area, with one in particular - nicknamed Sammy - regularly photographed in Millwall Dock and near Billingsgate.
In the survey seals were seen as far inland as Brentford, while the majority were noted in the Thames Estuary.
ZSL's conservation scientist Joanna Barker said: "This broad approach will produce the first complete count of harbour seals in the Thames and south-east coast, so that we can accurately monitor the species to better understand and protect them."
The timing of the survey coincided with the annual seal moult, which sees harbour seals move onto sandbanks to shed their coats and grow a new layer in time for winter.
The ZSL is asking those who see seals to report it at zslsites.org/sealmap/