Inquisitive grey seal gives Farnes diver a photo treat

A scuba diver got some fantastic footage when a grey seal tried to chew his camera during a trip to the Farne Islands.

Saturday, 5th November 2016, 07:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 14:56 pm
Craig Ward's photo of an inquisitive grey seal off the Farne Islands.

Craig Ward was taking pictures of a group of seals when one of them swam up to his camera lens and started chewing it.

He kept the camera rolling and captured some amazing up close and personal shots.

Now one of the photos Craig took during the diving trip has been highly commended in the British Sub-Aqua Club’s (BSAC) nationwide Great British Diving photo competition.

He said: “We had surfaced and we were waiting for the boat which you can see in the photo to come and pick us up.

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“About eight seals started circling us and I started taking some photos.

“One swam right up a lobster line and started chewing on the camera lens. It was a fantastic moment.”

Craig, 44, of Stalybridge, first got into diving at the age of 18, then re-ignited his interest in 2002 when he joined BSAC.

He said: “We’ve got some great diving in the UK. The competition was a great way to showcase the best of it. We’ve got excellent wildlife and excellent wrecks and as a British diver I absolutely love it.

“A lot of people are surprised when they first start, it really opens their eyes when they get into open water and realise how much is down there.”