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But first, let me take a sealfie

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London - Beneath the chilly waters of the North Sea, a warm welcome seems an unlikely prospect.

But these friendly seals were so pleased to have bumped into their human visitors that they appear to be posing for sub-aqua selfies – sealfies if you like.

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His picture, taken near the Farne Islands off Northumberland, features in his new book Secrets Of The Seas.

Even renowned underwater photographer Alex Mustard was surprised when one of the mammals mischievously appeared behind him.

He said: “This young seal was sneaking up behind me, so I actually turned my camera round to face me so I could see what it was doing in the reflection in the lens. Once I saw the reflection I realised what a funny scene it was and pressed the shutter.”

His picture, taken near the Farne Islands off Northumberland, features in his new book Secrets Of The Seas, co-written with Callum Roberts and published by Bloomsbury.

On a separate occasion, Spencer Burrows, another underwater photographer, was approached by a grey seal in the same area with its flippers wide open and what appears to be a huge smile on its face – almost looking as if it was about to hug him.

 

 

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Around half of the world’s population of grey seals are found around British coasts, with numbers here doubling since 1960.

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