Dave Cheetham (May)
This grey seal was calmly watching us as we paddled around the Anglesey coast the other day. Several of her friends chose to watch inquisitively from in the water but this old girl was quite happy to sit tight whilst the kayaks drifted past within a couple of feet of her nose.
Had this been September though she would have been unlikely to be that calm. Around September Grey Seals give birth to their young. As they only bear one pup each year they are unsurprisingly very protective of their young so it's best to give them a wide birth at that time of the year.
Half of the world's population of Grey Seals live around the coastal waters of the UK. Currently at around 120,000 their numbers have doubled in the UK since the 1960's. Still, with their worldwide total at only 240,000 it's not surprising they are a protected species.