Thursday, 2 June 2011
A bit of randomness today as I'm busy with work and brain a bit worn out this evening! Above is a grey seal that was on the beach near the pier the other day. Most of the seals around Graemsay are grey seals although there are some "common" or harbour seals around, but I haven't seen them so often.
I love hearing the seals "singing" when they are hauled out on the rocks. There are usually a group of them together (like the photo below) and they snort, cough and "sing" to each other. It's one of my favourite sounds in the evening.
The seals will often stay ashore until the tide comes in and lifts them off the rocks. They lift their heads and tails out the water and look like bananas! Someone said they were lazy but when you think about it - when they are not ashore they are swimming, so who can blame them for a "lie in" - not me!
The grey seals pup in September and they can be seen with their pups along the shore. A lot of the seals used to come and bask on Sandside beach in the summer, however they now seem to prefer the more rocky shoreline. But they can often be spotted bobbing in the water as I walk along the beach.
Time for a cup of tea and to sit and watch the sunset (Sunset tonight is 2211 compared with 2109 in London, sunrise is 0410 compared with 0449 in London).