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Sunday, 27 October 2019

Conversing with seals....



OK it was a one side conversation, but still..... These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago when Button and I took a wander down to the shore.  There was a time the seals would be on the shore almost every day but they are rarely seen on the beach at Sandside now.  There has been a big decline in seal numbers in recent years which may account for that, or it may be they have changed their preferred spot.

Anyway it was a delight to see them on the coral beach and watch them play fighting in the water.  Unfortunately I only had my phone camera with me so they aren't the best pictures...but you get the idea!

And for once they seemed quite happy with my presence.  I just sat quietly watching them with Button.... she was perplexed by their presence.  Curious but not really wanting to get too close (wise cat!).

Seals (or Selkies as they are known in legend) are a favourite of mine.  When we came to view property in Orkney I so wanted to see seals.  Not one the whole time.  When we came to the island to look at the house I was quite apprehensive about the thought of living on such a small island.  But there on the beach were at least half a dozen seals.  We did a deal on Sandside there and then. Hee hee...

Above you can see them on the rocks.  Stromness in the background.


Creels on the old pier, and seals....


These are geeze in the background, not seals.  But they are all swimming in a line!


Button has just spotted the seals....


Leading the way to investigage..... (you can see them on the rocks...)


We both sat on the pier watching them...


And she stayed on the beach while I had to return to work!



Clouds over Hoy....


Sandside bay


Silage bales ready for winter feed for cattle and sheep. Cattle up on the hill.


And here is a short video of the seals, and a couple play fighting.....


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