The bashful seal seems embarrassed to be the main subject of a photographer’s snaps.
The self-conscious creature appears to be attempting to hide its face in the photographs snapped by semi-professional snapper Julie Saunders.
The couple drove three hours from their home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, to Horsey Beach in Norfolk because the site is known for its grey seal population.
Although there were many sea creatures relaxing on the pebbles, one seal in particular caught Julie’s attention as it appeared to be feeling pretty seal-y.
“We arrived at the beach, and there were a lot of seals, which were just fantastic.
“But I focused on this one because it just looked so embarrassing. It looks as if it has just realized it’s forgotten something.
“I just thought it was so adorable the way it immediately lifted its little flipper to conceal its face and then lowered it before peeking over once I turned my camera on.”
“It’s one of my favorite photographs from the day. It’s hilarious. I was just in the correct location at the appropriate moment.”
The photographer-loving pair spent two hours on the beach taking pictures of the ‘curious’ creatures.
Julie predicted that if the trip to Norfolk beach wasn’t delayed by six hours, they would have spent the day there.
After taking the hilarious photo, Julie has circulated it on social media, where she claims that everyone has had a good chuckle at it.
The full-time cashier, who also does freelance wedding photographing, said she tries to elicit an emotional response with her photographs.
The pair met in 2004 on a trip to Canada, where they discovered a passion for wildlife after seeing a white bear.
The pair, who got married in February 2017, is developing a website together.
“In the UK, you become accustomed to seeing squirrels or foxes or birds being the only animals you have access to.”
“I never imagined I’d be able to see seals so close in such a short time. It was an amazing experience spending time so near these magnificent marine creatures.
We didn’t want to approach too closely because there are pups around at this time of year, and the mums can be quite protective.
So we stayed about 25 feet away, but some of the younger kids were really interested, approaching and getting close to Ross as he was lying on the beach.
“Loads of people who have seen the photos have expressed a desire to see the seals, and they should go. I’m sure we’ll be going again soon.”
“Everyone who has seen the picture has laughed their heads off. It’s great to be able to make people laugh.
“Whenever I photograph wildlife, I try to evoke and record emotion, whether it’s delight or sadness.
“I’ll try to capture their various emotions even if I’m just at home taking photos of my dogs. I like to approach it from that slightly alternative angle.”