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THE VIEW FROM THE DARTMOUTH OFFICE

Windo the Dartmouth seal

In May 2019 a yacht owner left their inflatable tender moored to a buoy anchored in front of us. Within a couple of days a seal, very quickly nicknamed Windo*  took up residence. No outboard so it was easy for the exceptionaly wily Windo to overturn and give himself a comfortable bed every night. Windo was there most of the time the yacht was away. He became a   star with lots of folk going to see him. Most kept a respectful distance and Windo seemed unperturbed. Pictures of him published in a few national newspapers and so he became a national (probably international) star. And all was well with the world. Until........some person decided that Windo didn't belong on his comfy bed.

It takes a special kind of brain to think like this, but there was one in town available. Apparently thought he was doing the yachtowner a favour.

The pix below then show the guy's second and subsequent attempts to knock Windo off his perch. Not difficult, the man was using a wooden boat with a fairly powerful engine.  Windo wasn't taking this lying down. In no time he was back aboard and waited for the next impact. There was only ever going to be one winner. And it wasn't Dartmouth's contender for Brain of Britain. No, Windo won the game, set and match.

However, winning the championship was another thing entirely because the yacht and its owner finally returned> Windo no longer had a bed.

So he took up residence on another boat.  A top chap is that Windo. Below you will find all the pictures that illustrate this little story. First of all you will see Windo and all his fans visiting him. Then the dastardly deed by the dastardly bloke. And finally Windo the winner back on his bed basking in the adulation he deserved. Well, at least until he had to move to another bed.                                                                    * Windo the seal as in window sill.

Windo 001     30 May 2019 - 14-35-55 
I snapped the upturned dinghy simply because it was upturned. No sign of Windo yet.
Windo 001 30 May 2019 - 14-35-55
I snapped the upturned dinghy simply because it was upturned. No sign of Windo yet.
Windo 002     30 May 2019 - 18-55-10 
But a few hours later I had a couple of calls from two different people alerting me to his presence.
Windo 002 30 May 2019 - 18-55-10
But a few hours later I had a couple of calls from two different people alerting me to his presence.
Windo 003     30 May 2019 - 18-59-22 
He (could so easily be a she, how would I know?) seemed to be making himself very comfortable indeed.
Windo 003 30 May 2019 - 18-59-22
He (could so easily be a she, how would I know?) seemed to be making himself very comfortable indeed.
Windo 004     30 May 2019 - 19-00-08
His first visitors. Shame I couldn't get the pic sharp.
Windo 004 30 May 2019 - 19-00-08
His first visitors. Shame I couldn't get the pic sharp.
Windo 005    30 May 2019 - 19-02-14 
So you can see how close into shore he was.
Windo 005 30 May 2019 - 19-02-14
So you can see how close into shore he was.
Windo 006     30 May 2019 - 19-04-18
This makes the position of his home just a bit more clearer. Windo is on the tiny dinghy visible just to the right of the pink chimney.
Windo 006 30 May 2019 - 19-04-18
This makes the position of his home just a bit more clearer. Windo is on the tiny dinghy visible just to the right of the pink chimney.
Windo 007     30 May 2019 - 19-08-29 
It is of course important for a seal-about-town to stay fit.
Windo 007 30 May 2019 - 19-08-29
It is of course important for a seal-about-town to stay fit.
Windo 008     30 May 2019 - 19-08-30
So it was time for some stretches.
Mind you, touching your toes ain't the easiest of moves for a seal.
Windo 008 30 May 2019 - 19-08-30
So it was time for some stretches.
Mind you, touching your toes ain't the easiest of moves for a seal.
Windo 009     30 May 2019 - 19-09-31
So let's not push it too much, eh ?
Windo 009 30 May 2019 - 19-09-31
So let's not push it too much, eh ?
Windo 010     30 May 2019 - 19-09-32 
It is so tiring. Yawn.
Windo 010 30 May 2019 - 19-09-32
It is so tiring. Yawn.
Windo 011     30 May 2019 - 19-10-23 
But coming soon, the Windo exercise video.
Windo 011 30 May 2019 - 19-10-23
But coming soon, the Windo exercise video.
Windo 012     30 May 2019 - 19-16-53 
And...relax. And pose.
Windo 012 30 May 2019 - 19-16-53
And...relax. And pose.
Windo 013     30 May 2019 - 19-53-09 
I suppose I had better get used to this.
Windo 013 30 May 2019 - 19-53-09
I suppose I had better get used to this.
Windo 014     31 May 2019 - 10-47-58 
Visitors soon came. Kayaks of them.
Windo 014 31 May 2019 - 10-47-58
Visitors soon came. Kayaks of them.
Windo 015     31 May 2019 - 10-48-09 
And more kayaks
Windo 015 31 May 2019 - 10-48-09
And more kayaks
Windo 016    31 May 2019 - 10-48-15 
Did I mention kayaks ?
Windo 016 31 May 2019 - 10-48-15
Did I mention kayaks ?
Windo 017     31 May 2019 - 10-48-29 
Yep, and another. Windo took them all in his stride. Or repose
Windo 017 31 May 2019 - 10-48-29
Yep, and another. Windo took them all in his stride. Or repose
Windo 018     31 May 2019 - 11-53-49 
Not too close if you don't mind.
Windo 018 31 May 2019 - 11-53-49
Not too close if you don't mind.
Windo 019    31 May 2019 - 11-57-55 
Windo would have made a fortune if he had started off charging for photograph. Not least of all from me.
Windo 019 31 May 2019 - 11-57-55
Windo would have made a fortune if he had started off charging for photograph. Not least of all from me.
Windo 020    31 May 2019 - 11-59-06 
A seal could get giddy watching the watchers.
Windo 020 31 May 2019 - 11-59-06
A seal could get giddy watching the watchers.
Windo 021     31 May 2019 - 12-03-14 
The Castle Ferry (the best boat ride) guys soon changed their normal route to include Windo.
Windo 021 31 May 2019 - 12-03-14
The Castle Ferry (the best boat ride) guys soon changed their normal route to include Windo.
Windo 022     31 May 2019 - 12-37-52
Usually the Castle ferries run down river in the the Dartmouth bank and upriver way over towards Kingswear. Until Windo beckoned a closer view both ways.
Windo 022 31 May 2019 - 12-37-52
Usually the Castle ferries run down river in the the Dartmouth bank and upriver way over towards Kingswear. Until Windo beckoned a closer view both ways.
Windo 023     31 May 2019 - 19-21-58 
You would be forgiven for thinking young Windo might have been playing up for the cameras.
Windo 023 31 May 2019 - 19-21-58
You would be forgiven for thinking young Windo might have been playing up for the cameras.
Windo 024     01 June 2019 - 07-43-45 
Compared to a seal's normal resting place, there was no argument, this was neither a rock nor a hard place.
Windo 024 01 June 2019 - 07-43-45
Compared to a seal's normal resting place, there was no argument, this was neither a rock nor a hard place.
Windo 025     01 June 2019 - 08-12-40 
They came in pairs to see Windo the Dartmouth seal.
Windo 025 01 June 2019 - 08-12-40
They came in pairs to see Windo the Dartmouth seal.
Windo 026     01 June 2019 - 08-31-58 
And sometimes they came oblivious.
Windo 026 01 June 2019 - 08-31-58
And sometimes they came oblivious.
Windo 027     01 June 2019 - 08-48-29 
Just occasionally something startled him and he beat a hasty wet retreat.
Windo 027 01 June 2019 - 08-48-29
Just occasionally something startled him and he beat a hasty wet retreat.
Windo 028     01 June 2019 - 10-56-42 
Causing disappointment for some who rowed ALL the way out there (it really wasn't far)
Windo 028 01 June 2019 - 10-56-42
Causing disappointment for some who rowed ALL the way out there (it really wasn't far)
Windo 029     01 June 2019 - 19-39-56 
When Windo returned he would simply hop back on. Although it seems that 'hop' required quite a bit of seal muscle power.
Windo 029 01 June 2019 - 19-39-56
When Windo returned he would simply hop back on. Although it seems that 'hop' required quite a bit of seal muscle power.
Windo 030     01 June 2019 - 19-40-31 
Windo seal never made it look easy. It probably wasn't.
Windo 030 01 June 2019 - 19-40-31
Windo seal never made it look easy. It probably wasn't.
Windo 031     01 June 2019 - 19-41-19 
There were times when it looked like he might slip back in the drink.
Windo 031 01 June 2019 - 19-41-19
There were times when it looked like he might slip back in the drink.
Windo 032     01 June 2019 - 19-41-28 
I know. Strange eh? Windo the seal appears to have legs. Short ones. But legs nonetheless.
Windo 032 01 June 2019 - 19-41-28
I know. Strange eh? Windo the seal appears to have legs. Short ones. But legs nonetheless.
Windo 033    01 June 2019 - 19-41-32 
Of course once Windo had expended all that energy getting back on the water bed. he was hungry again.
Windo 033 01 June 2019 - 19-41-32
Of course once Windo had expended all that energy getting back on the water bed. he was hungry again.
Windo 034     01 June 2019 - 19-41-33 
And there were probably lots of takeaways in the river.
Windo 034 01 June 2019 - 19-41-33
And there were probably lots of takeaways in the river.
Windo 035    01 June 2019 - 19-44-24 
No sooner fed and back on and.....
Windo 035 01 June 2019 - 19-44-24
No sooner fed and back on and.....
Windo 036     01 June 2019 - 19-46-18 
....peckish again.
Windo 036 01 June 2019 - 19-46-18
....peckish again.
Windo 038     01 June 2019 - 19-46-19 
Getting in was a whole lot easier than getting out.
Windo 038 01 June 2019 - 19-46-19
Getting in was a whole lot easier than getting out.
Windo 037     01 June 2019 - 19-46-19 (1) 
Windo even managed it with an element of grace.
Windo 037 01 June 2019 - 19-46-19 (1)
Windo even managed it with an element of grace.
Windo 039    01 June 2019 - 19-50-21 
Which is not what could be said about the return.
Windo 039 01 June 2019 - 19-50-21
Which is not what could be said about the return.
Windo 040     01 June 2019 - 19-50-22 
There were times when he would fly up out of the water and skid straight acres the top and fall back in again (no, I didn't catch that for posterity.)
Windo 040 01 June 2019 - 19-50-22
There were times when he would fly up out of the water and skid straight acres the top and fall back in again (no, I didn't catch that for posterity.)
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