Seals in Portgordon, Moray (October 2018)

When we visited Scotland last year, we were really lucky to see bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth. We hadn’t really planned any wildlife-watching trips this time around, but thought we’d pop into the Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay one afternoon and take a stroll along the River Spey.

Information boards at the mouth of the river told us we might see otters or even seals in this area, so we kept watch as we went along but didn’t imagine we’d be that lucky.

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a head pop out of the water, before disappearing back under. Quickly grabbing the camera, I waited to see if it was going to emerge once more. And it did! I managed to get a quick snapshot and that was it, our last sighting of the lone seal.

Zooming in on the camera screen, the guy inside the centre confirmed it was a grey seal and mentioned that five minutes further up the road in Portgordon, was a large colony of grey and common seals and that some days you could see hundreds of them there. So of course, we decided to pop by and take a look.

As we approached the shoreline, I saw a seal bobbing around in the water, while a little further along, more seals lay on the rocks, followed by even more, playfully swimming in the sea. It really was an amazing sight.

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