New seal makes a splash at aquarium

3011026 SSHC togo seal 'Togo the seal has his first swim at his new home at St Andrews Aquarium, St Andrews
3011026 SSHC togo seal 'Togo the seal has his first swim at his new home at St Andrews Aquarium, St Andrews

St ANDREWS’ newest resident is already proving to be quite an attraction having spent barely a week in the town.

Togo the seal was flown in from Denmark to move in with Laurel, the resident seal at St Andrews Aquarium who has been all on her own since her partner Hardy was swept away in a storm last year.

The plan had been to keep the pair apart until Togo had adjusted to his new surroundings - but Laurel had her own ideas!

After waiting until the day’s visitors had gone, she began testing the barrier separating the two for a weak spot that might allow her to climb over and meet her new partner.

And after a few attempts she finally picked her spot and managed to get up and over into Togo’s enclosure to introduce herself.

Staff at the aquarium were baffled when they found the two swimming together the next morning and had to sift through hours of CCTV footage to figure out what had happened.

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John Mace, manager of St Andrews Aquarium, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we came in on Saturday morning to find Laurel and Togo swimming around together.

“There was evidence that the fencing was slightly damaged, but when we watched back the security camera footage we couldn’t believe what we were seeing.

“Laurel was clearly determined to get in to see Togo and obviously wasn’t going to let metal security fencing stand in her way!

You could say we have been ‘flipping’ amazed by both her strength and her tenacity!”

Togo, a one year old harbour seal, jetted into Aberdeen from Denmark last week to join up with Laurel who has been at the aquarium since she was a pup and celebrated her 20th birthday recently.