Photographing grey seals in the Farne Islands

posted on 3rd of september, 2017


One of my favourite places to dive is less than two hours drive from my home city of Edinburgh. The Farnes, a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland, offer the very special attraction of diving up-close-and-personal with wild grey seals (Halichoerus grypus). This species of seal is relatively common around the British coast, but they tend to keep their distance underwater and are rarely seen by divers. Not so in the Farne Islands, where the local population of grey seals have become so accustomed to divers that they act more like naughty puppy dogs than wild 100-300 kg predators. This, together with reasonably good underwater visibility for the UK, makes the Farne Islands one of the best places there is to photograph grey seals in their natural environment....

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Comments (3)

Posted by Onime on September 05, 2017
awesome images. great work.
Posted by Patrick57 on September 04, 2017
Well done great pics!
Posted by Seawatch1 on September 04, 2017
Nice shot and good for you on your persistence. Underwater photography doubles the complexity by at least three times. Good work.

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