Seals at St Ives in Cornwall

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This Grey Seal provided a distraction while sea watching from The Island at St Ives, Cornwall.

This rocky promontory is a well known coastal landmark from where some excellent seabirds and dolphins can often be seen. However, on our visit last week the seabirds were quite distant and we had to settle for watching the antics of this Grey Seal wallowing around on the rocks below the St Ives Watch Station.

At one point it surfaced within a few feet of families paddling off the nearby Porthgwidden beach which caused the closest holiday-makers to exit the water at speed.

I guess the sudden emergence of a large, heavily whiskered face is not a familiar sight in much of the country!

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