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Leaping harbour seal

Observed: 20th May 2013 By: andylawandylaw’s reputation in Mammalsandylaw’s reputation in Mammalsandylaw’s reputation in Mammals

Leaping harbour seal

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Common seal

Brilliant action shot. This is known as porpoising, it's a common action for porpoises hence the name.

I've seen common seals do it only a couple of times (never grey seals) and assume it has something to do with hunting for food. It looks fun but it must take a lot of energy so doubt it is recreational! If we were in the Arctic or Antarctic, or some other place with large predators, then I know it used as an escape mechanism, but short of there being a great white shark or a killer whale in the vicinity - which is not out of the question off the coast of Skye - I'll stick with the feeding theory.

Graham Banwell

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