Grey seals can be seen all around Lundy and they particularly like to haul themselves out on the intertidal rocks at low tide. Although there are many sites around the island, many divers visit Gannet's Bay.
On Lundy some seals are curious and can be very inquisitive. Over the years they have become used to seeing divers and snorkellers in the water.
Seals are amazing creatures to watch underwaters and their graceful swimming makes us look very clumsy beside them. Passive observation will encourage a seal to investigate you - such close encounters can be a truly amazing experience. A few seals appear playful and especially seem to like a gentle tug at a divers' fins, but they are wild animals and must be treated with respected.
There are a few guidelines that will help you, and the seals, gain maximum enjoyment from your encounter whilst ensuring your own wellbeing and that of the seals:
- Remember that you are a visitor in their environment
- Give them time to get used to you being there
- Let the seals come to you. Never chase them or approach them when they are hauled out of the water. Stress caused by this behaviour can cause pregnant females to abort their pups!
- Remember that sometimes, just like us, they do not want to play.
- Do not try to stroke or touch a seal, no matter how inquisitive they are and even if they touch you.
For further information please take a look at our Seal Code of Conduct poster.
In December 2014, SCUBA magazine published Warden Beccy MacDonald article on seal diving which you can read here.