When you visit small harbours around the UK you may be lucky enough to see a seal. They can be seen swimming around in the water, in a playful fashion, swimming around each other their heads bobbing up and down. Sometimes they lie on the rocks, spread out and sleepy, looking like they can’t be bothered. Two species of seal breed in Britain, the common seal and the grey seal. I have no idea how you tell them apart, they all look cute to me with their big eyes and whiskered faces. Apparently the face shape is different, common seals have short muzzles and v-shaped nostrils and greys have longer muzzles and parallel nostrils. You would have to see a few together to get to know the difference.
The Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast are a great place to see seals. We went on a boat to the Farne Islands once. It was a small fishing boat that bounced over the waves, making us feel insecure even though it was a calm day. We passed the coast of the islands which were awash with gulls, nesting in the cliffs, the air shrill with their cries. We could see the seals bobbing in the water, their inquisitive faces watched as we passed. The Northumberland Coast is a great place to visit, full of castles like Bambrough Castle and unspoilt beaches. No visit would be complete without a trip across to Holy Island, but make sure you take account of the tide times or you will be stranded.
I saw this seal in Northern Ireland, the harbours along the Ards Peninsula are full of them. This one was at Exploris – The Northern Ireland Aquarium. As well as being an aquarium it is also a seal sanctuary and rescues young seals that need help. Some of them have lost their mums and have to learn to eat and survive. They are then released back into the wild as soon as they are strong enough.
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