A photographer was able to capture a perfect shot of a cute baby seal lying on a beach and seeming to wave for the camera. How cute is that?
Johan Siggesson took a number of photos of the seal pup as it relaxed in the winter sun at Horsey Beach in Norfolk earlier this month.
Johan said: “It was an amazing experience to spend time with these seals.
“We had some horrible weather the first days with rain, hail and wind.”
But sticking around and putting up with the rubbish British weather definitely paid off, if these photos are anything to go by.
Swedish Johan visited the beach to do a bit of seal spotting and he was not disappointed as he was able to snap a few perfect shots of the animals chilling out in the sun.
In one, the seal in question lifts its flipper as though it’s waving, while in another it has its flipper to its head as though it’s trying to remember whether or not it switched off the oven.
Sharing his amazing pictures on Facebook, Johan wrote: “Back to the babies again then. It’s easy to be drawn to these cuties when working on the beach here in the UK.
“If you lack a bit of inspiration there’s always a cute pup around.”
He went on to say that, while he was stood around 10 metres away, the seal looked to be in ‘complete bliss’.
Common seals usually come onto land to give birth between November and January, which means it’s a great time to spot one, if you’re keen, but there’s no guarantees you’ll find one as friendly as this little chap.
Snapped by Yongqing Bao, the photo captured the exact moment the female fox was poised to launch at the marmot, with the poor rodent’s mouth open in shock.
Judge Roz Kidman Cox said: “Photographically, it is quite simply the perfect moment. The expressive intensity of the postures holds you transfixed, and the thread of energy between the raised paws seems to hold the protagonists in perfect balance.
“Images from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are rare enough, but to have captured such a powerful interaction between a Tibetan fox and a marmot – two species key to the ecology of this high-grassland region – is extraordinary.”
Fair enough, but is it as adorable as a waving seal?