Bashful seal looks embarrased to be snapped by photographer
This bashful seal looks incredibly embarrassed to be the main feature of a photographer’s snaps.
The self-conscious critter appears to be trying to conceal its face before giving the camera a coy glance in the pictures captured by semi-professional snapper Julie Saunders.
Julie, 33, and her fiancé Ross Levere, 34, drove three hours from their home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, to Horsey Beach in Norfolk because the location is famed for its grey seal population.
And although there were loads of the marine mammals relaxing on the pebbles, one seal in particular caught Julie’s eye as it appeared to be feeling pretty seal-y.
Julie said: “We got to the beach and there were quite a few seals about which was just an amazing things to see.
“But I focused in on this one because it just looked so embarrassed. It almost looks like it’s just realised it’s forgotten something.
“I just thought it was so cute the way as soon as I turned my camera to get a shot of it, it lifted its little flipper to hide its face and then slowly lowered it before glancing over.
“It is one of my favourite images from the day. It is so funny. I feel so lucky that I was just in the right place at the right time.”
The photography-mad couple spent two hours at the beach taking photos of the ‘inquisitive’ critters.
And Julie, who would encourage everyone to take a trip to the Norfolk beach, said they would have spent the whole day there if it hadn’t been for the six-hour round trip.
Since getting the hilarious shot, Julie has shared it with friends, family and fellow photographers who she said have all had a good laugh at the snap.
The full-time cashier, who also does freelance wedding photography, said her main aim with her pictures is to invoke emotion.
Although Julie usually does wedding photography and Ross is a photographer for an auctioneers the couple developed a love for wildlife on a trip to Canada in 2004.
The lovebirds, who are due to get married in February 2017, are planning to launch a website together.
Julie said: “Living in UK you get so used to the only wildlife you have access to being squirrels or foxes or birds.
“I never thought I would be able to find seals just a few hours away. It was such an incredible experience getting to spend time so close to these amazing marine mammals.
“We didn’t want to get too close because there are pups around at this time of year and the mums can get quite protective.
“So we stayed about 25 feet away but some of the younger ones were really inquisitive, coming closer and close to Ross as he was laying on the beach.
“Loads of people who have seen the photos have said how much they would love to see the seals and they really should go. I know we’ll definitely be taking another trip there.
“Everyone who has seen the photo has had a really good laugh. It is really nice for me to be able to give people a giggle.
“In all my wildlife photography I really try to capture and invoke emotion whether it is laughter or sadness.
“Even if I’m just at home taking pictures of my dogs I will try to capture their different moods. I like to come at it from that slightly alternative angle.”