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Seal Encounter


We went on our normal walk to the beach at Torcross today after a snack and a drink in The Billy Can of course, and as we often do, we saw a seal, just a shadow in the water, some way off.

As he was hanging around and bobbing his head out of the water we went to have a closer look.

He was watching us too so I went a bit closer to get a better photo, presuming he would swim off at any moment. But the closer I got the closer in to the beach he came.

So I got closer and he got closer.

....until he was clean out of the water, as if he wanted me to go up and stroke him like a puppy, and it was really tempting.

But I kept a reasonable distance and just snapped away as he posed, and eventually to my surprise, on a very empty beach, we drew quite a crowd.


Everyone was silent and kept a respectful distance, it was a magical moment.


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David Nurse
David Nurse
2022年12月15日

That was a great sight. We get plenty here off the south and west coasts but too often they are in the distance and photos are hard to come by unless you have a long lens. You were very lucky!

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Gethin Thomas
Gethin Thomas
2022年12月16日
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Yes, a special moment, pure luck.🙂

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不明なメンバー
2022年10月07日

🧡🧡🧡🧡 How lucky you are/were. Such a cutie. I would have snapped a way as well. How long did he hang around for?

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Gethin Thomas
Gethin Thomas
2022年10月07日
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I stayed a good 3 or 4 minutes but quite a crowd had gathered so we wandered off. He was in no hurry to go, and no fear at all. I think probably nobody having a dog helped because quite a few dog walkers use that beach.

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Chucks Digital Photography
Chucks Digital Photography
2022年10月07日

What a magical moment! I too have had special moments with wild creatures with my camera. Those moments are priceless. To have a seal approach on its own is just an amazing thing to have happen. Great shots!!

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Gethin Thomas
Gethin Thomas
2022年10月07日
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Thanks Chuck. Couldn't believe it.

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John Durham
John Durham
2022年10月07日

Wonderful - it's amazing what can happen when you just remain calm around wild creatures. They are as interested in you as you are in them. I had the same thing happen with a Cooper's hawk at my favorite park - she just sat there while I snapped away from 15 feet and, as people came up, I held out my hand to slow them down and they stood and watched her watch us. Magical! Good for you for allowing that to happen for others.

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Gethin Thomas
Gethin Thomas
2022年10月07日
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It really was just one of those moments. So lucky I had the camera with me.🙂

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