Well what a great weekend spent with friends at the Farne islands, photographing and diving with all the seals that call this part of the UK home. The females are all ready to give birth and they will be doing so in the upcoming weeks, I did spot 2 new pups on the Outer Farne isle. They must have been early as the majority still have a little time to go. It is always a pleasure going up there, the boat trip out of Seahouses is only around 20 minutes from the harbor, depending on the tide and sea state.
The trip is always worth it as we are greeted by very curious seals, who swim out for a closer look at everyone on the boat. The highlight for me is getting in the water and diving with them, on land they can be aggressive and it is wise to keep away from them. But in the water they are totally different, as this their environment and the one they are most comfortable with. The first encounter is a seal behind you biting and tugging on your fins, once they gain confidence they will come right up to you and they do like their belly scratched.
These encounters make for great interaction, you can get some great photographs and memories.