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."



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by Claire Speight

24th June 2014, at 10:20:09

Don't be so cynical. John and Charlotte are lovely people who were just excited that the seal has been to the bay so much this year. My son was fishing there a few weeks ago and rang to say he couldn't fish anymore because the seal was enjoying a swim there. We should be excited that they are in our waters and be pleased that we get to see great pictures of them. I don't think the Tuppenny Cafe needs any promotion. They do a great job as it is.

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by George Hollett

23rd June 2014, at 17:22:37

If they weren't then they probably are now...

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by lulu arnold

23rd June 2014, at 07:16:15

Hello Mike , maybe its to keep an eye on its health? or just humans interfering as usual thinking they own it , are they selling little bags of seal food yet??

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by Mike Crowe

22nd June 2014, at 19:09:55

Lulu it looks as if it has been tagged already

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by lulu arnold

22nd June 2014, at 18:42:00

Well as long as they respect this animal , and don't pen it up or expect it to do tricks , do we care a Tuppenny bit.

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by Grahame salter

22nd June 2014, at 11:01:57

Is this a story about a seal visiting Whitecliff Bay, or an advert for the Tuppenny Cafe ?

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