Seal-fie – Diver takes selfies while hanging out with cute seal

It’s a seal-fie! One diver had the encounter of his life after a seal approached him taking photos.

The seal laughing and posing

The seal laughing and posing

Robert Lehmann, 33, from Kiel, Germany, can usually be found monitoring biological algae in Helgoland, but spends his spare time out with seals in the surrounding North Sea.

While the 12 different species of seal that Robert has photographed are all different in their behaviour, this one feisty female was happy to join him for a memorable shot.

The seal laughing and posing

The seal laughing and posing

Over the time he was shooting, Robert spent two hours in the water an experience, he admitted became a tad chilly thanks to it being only 16C in the water.

In order to get close enough to the seal, Robert spent 45 minutes swimming up close, so that he wouldn’t disturb her.

The seal laughing and posing

The seal laughing and posing

Robert said: “I was lying right next to the seal in the algae in the middle of nowhere, with the sun going down it was just the perfect moment after so many exhausting hours in the water with no good images.

“When I pressed the button on my camera to take a shot, she began waving and it was just perfect.

The seal laughing and posing

The seal laughing and posing

“I had to do a selfie of the two of us though – no mean feat when your camera weighs 14kg – and it came out so well, it was one of the best moments of my life.

“It was truly a testament to how different the seals can be as when I went back the next day, all of them were very shy and didn’t want to come near me.”

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