Seals like playing in the snow just as much as I do. In January and February I often see them resting on exposed rocks and snowy wharfs, alone or in groups. Marije and I drove to Holyrood today to see if we could find any, and we did:

Harp seal – Holyrood

This harp seal was resting on a floating wharf; a private one behind a fence, so I wasn’t able to get any closer than about 20 metres. Here’s a close-up of the same seal:

Harp seal snout – Holyrood

After a few minutes with this harp, a harbour seal hauled out onto the wharf where we had parked our car. It was very playful and pushed around in the snow for a while, but every few minutes people walked by and the seal quickly escaped into the freezing harbour water. We saw this haul-out/play/escape routine about five times, before our toes started to freeze.

Haul out – Holyrood

Playful seal – Holyrood

The seal had a good time, we had a good time, all in all it was a great Sunday!

Happy Marije – Holyrood