Fun in the Farnes

  • By Caroline And Nick Robertson-Brown
  • 31 Oct, 2016

An amazing weekend with the "friendly" seals of the Farne Islands

There are some diving trips that stand out in our memories and this last weekend will be right up there. What made it such a great trip?
A Great Group - We had a wonderful group of divers on the trip with us. Pretty much the same group of divers have been coming with us to the Farne Islands in Northumberland for coming up for 10 years. They all want the same from the weekend as we do, the chance to get up close to, and photograph, the Grey Seals that inhabit these islands. They are a fun and easy-going bunch.
Wonderful Weather - This last weekend was the best we have ever encountered. We love to go at the end of the season, but this does run the risk of getting blown out. However, we arrived each morning to a glorious red sky as the sun came up, and flat calm seas.
Stupendous Seal Encounters - On some dives you just get those moments where the seals want to interact with you. Some divers get lucky on one particular dive, and others get lucky on the next one. This last trip really delivered, with plenty of seals wanted to grab hold of fins and get up close to the camera lenses.
Caroline got her first ever seal-selfie, whilst Nick grabbed a shot of her doing this!
We have always dived with Paul Walker at Farne Island Divers . With his powerful RIB, he always drops us in close to the action, getting us to the dive sites before the slower boats have made their way to the islands. Paul spends time considering each site, taking into account visibility, currents and the mood of the seals before telling us where we will be diving that morning.  
The Farne Islands made it into our book " World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites " and the reason is that these islands offer the chance to have a unique animal encounter. You do need to watch out that the seals do not get too enthusiastic and put holes in your dry suit!
Sealed with a kiss

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Congratulations - your book will be on its way to you very soon.

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