Grey seals are the larger of the two species. Common seals have a more rounded face.
Cromer is known locally as ‘The jewel in the North Norfolk coastline.” It was once an important Victorian resort and is a traditional seaside town with a pier. It is famous for its Cromer crabs.
Cromer faces a constant battle with the sea and is frequently battered by Winter storms. In 2013, it suffered a tidal surge and significant damage was inflicted on the pier and parts of the sea wall.
Underneath the waves are the remains of the village of Shipden. It was lost to the sea in the 14th Century. According to local folklore, in stormy weather, you can hear the sound of the Shipden church bell toiling beneath the waves, warning ships to stay away.
Happisburgh is slowly slipping into the sea due to coastal erosion. Archaeologists claim it is the first known settlement in Northern Europe and excavations on the beach reveal that Ancient humans lived there more than 800,000 years ago.
Happisburgh is also known for its lighthouse, which was built in 1790 and it is the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia. It was originally one of a pair of lighthouses. Nearby the lighthouse, are a couple of World War 2 pill boxes.
Storm Katie approaching led to some spectacular weather. Dark clouds and heavy showery rain kept rolling across the sky, interspersed with spells of sunshine, resulting at one point in a beautiful double rainbow out at sea. However, nothing more sums up stormy seaside weather than the white of seabirds flying against grey skies.