Seals, Isles of Scilly, Jul 06

In July 2006, I went to the Isles of Scilly for a long weekend to see my parents who were on holiday on St Agnes. I decided to fly from Exeter to St Mary's. It was a great flight in a small twin prop aircraft. We flew along the Cornish coast and the pilot even dipped the wing so that the passengers could have a good look at the Eden project as we flew overhead.

As part of the trip I decided to take my camera gear and go on a snorkelling trip with the atlantic grey seals. What an incredible experience! They are such good fun and certainly the description 'dogs of the sea' is very beffiting. We travelled by rib from St Mary's over to the eastern rocks, as we rounded the entrance to a bay you could see a vast number of seals lounging on the rocks, when they saw the boat they all slid into the water and all you could see in the water were heads bobbing up and down!

Quietly we gently slipped into the water and made our way toward the seal colony. The seals were incredibly receptive and juveniles soon came up to have a closer look. These creatures are so tactile, they would nibble on your fins and  fin straps and they would have a real good look at you. Unfortunately I only had one encounter due to time constraints, I'll be going back there though to add to my gallery!

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