Come on in, the water’s lovely, says Island beach regular

By Ross Findon

Sunday, June 22, 2014

 

Come on in, the water’s lovely, says Island beach regular

Tim Jennings took these pictures of Tuppenny, the seal who is a frequent visitor to Whitecliff Bay.

A FURRY friend has become a star at an Island beach.

Tuppenny the seal is a regular visitor to Whitecliff Bay, Bembridge, earning his name thanks to his penchant for popping up around the Tuppenny cafe, run by John and Charlotte Zaccardi.

Cafe customer Tim Jennings snapped this photograph during one visit by the sociable seal.

"Tuppenny first appeared a couple of months ago, when he would be popping in and out of the water about 30 or 40 metres away.

"He’s definitely become more daring now and comes right in," said John.

Last week a group from a mainland school had a shock when Tuppenny appeared in the middle of a watersports session.

Charlotte, who took over the cafe with John four years ago from her parents, Jill and Paul Spencer, said: "He is a bit of a show off and very friendly and inquisitive too."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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