A seal at Mallaig

Life has taken us to Mallaig a couple of times. We were at this west of Scotland fishing harbour and ferry terminal in 2009 having travelled up from Fort William on the regular steam train that operates throughout the summer.

But we won’t look at that, this time. Instead, let’s take a look at the harbour seal. Clearly this beast had got used to sharing its life with the humans.


A head appeared in the calm and clear water of the harbour. A fishing boat had returned with its catch.




The seal hoped for a share and made its way nearer the boat.


What sleek animals they are when in the water. They are perfectly adapted to their life style, although this one chose to hunt for scraps from fishing boats which, no doubt, is a fairly modern and innovative scheme.

He provided a fine sight for us tourists who had come off the Jacobite Express.


I love that view with those enormous paddle feet at the back, controlling speed and direction through the water.

I may also love my steam trains but you can’t beat a bit of wildlife!

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7 Responses to “A seal at Mallaig”

  1. Janet Says:

    You are testing my memory this morning. Mallaig. Seals arrow otters. An author I loved. I’ll be back.

  2. Janet Says:

    Reblogged this on Janet’s thread and commented:
    Makes me think of Gavin Maxwell and Ring of Bright Water.

  3. Janet Says:

    The book and author I’ve been trying to think of was Nairn in Darkness and Light by David Thomson.

  4. Seals | Locksands Life Says:

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