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The lines on the back, are they a trick of the photo or were there scars? Scars are common on seals; some are from close escapes with sharks and killer whales others are from encounters with boats.
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Hello, well I cannot see any lines on the back, and I do not recall seeing scars at the time, but my eyesight is not what it was.
I think it must be a trick of the light, or ripples of water. It was nearing dusk when I took the photos, and by the third picture the seal had moved into the shadow of a breakwater on which I was sitting, hence it being darker.
There is a group of seals that regularly come into the harbour, following the returning fishing boats for the scraps tossed overboard.
So they could get damaged.
On the far side of the seal in the second picture there is a buff/red line (stronger still in the third photo). If it was dusk it could just be a trick of the setting sun on the wet fur.
I can now see what you are looking at and think it is a trick of the light. The sun would have been setting either to my right or almost behind me so logic suggest it would shine on the nearer side; but whatever, I think thats it. Maybe the sunset on the clouds was shining back onto the far side.
Lat/Lng: 54.2277, -4.6951
OS grid ref: SC244846
Swimming on the harbour side of Peel breakwater.