Seals are intriguing creatures. Looking at the way they look back at us, they probably find us quite interesting too. They are playful and expressive. I tried to find out a bit more about their behaviour, but other than the fact that they are ‘highly intelligent marine mammals,’ not much is known about their ‘subtle nuances.’ (Cornwall seal group research trust).
They are certainly fun to watch from a distance – guidelines suggest 150 feet. Not only can they bite, but they can pass on some infectious diseases to humans. They can suffer stress, or even abandon their young.
Seals look almost dog-like, yet also like big blubbery, furry fish! There are many stories written about seals. Selkie stories from Scottish and Irish folklore, are about creatures which are seal-like in appearance in the ocean, yet take on the human form on land.