Seal study – Part 2

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.

Seals are regarded as highly intelligent marine mammals. 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.

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.

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Seal study – Part I

I was fortunate to get quite close to an Atlantic grey seal and Common seal colony with my telephoto lens. Bulls live for 25 years, but cows live up to 35 years. It is important to keep your distance because they can move fast and bite. 

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This seal had beautiful fur. Leopard-like.

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Seals feed on a variety of fish and shellfish. The smell hangs in the air.

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It is thought that seals bask in the sun to remove parasites from their skin.

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A seal breeding area is called a rookery. 

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