The sixth seal

In Highgate Men’s Pond the temperature has been over 20 degrees for a couple of weeks now, so not surprisingly there’s a lot of algae. Last weekend I was in the crystal clear and somewhat colder waters off Shetland.

We had been watching a group of five common seals in a tiny cove. Two younger ones were doing flips and turns.

When they disappeared I got into the beautiful waters with terns and gulls flying from the cliffs.

The five seals suddenly re-emerged and formed a ring around me to spectate. As you can see, one of them got within a few metres.

It was amazing to be in their element. They seemed as surprised by the encounter as I was. Truly wild swimming.

(This was in a tiny cove near Hamnavoe on the north side of Esha Ness in the very north of mainland Shetland – we were staying at Esha Ness lighthouse]

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