I can’t really explain why most of the posts I’m currently putting out have a wildlife theme. It just seems to be one of those things. A lot of the images I’ve been working through in my archive lately have been animal related, and the small amount of new stuff I’ve actually shot recently has been animals (including my cats, which are the nearest things I have to photograph a lot of the time). When I decided to dip into my archive to edit a set of photos and selected the ones from my trip to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary during my Cornwall holiday last year, I didn’t make the wildlife connection until I sat down to write this post itself. I should probably point out that there’s at least one more big wildlife post in my archive I need to edit, but that contains a few thousand images from my 2012 summer holiday and so we won’t be seeing those that soon (I’ve still got plenty of images from Cornwall to get through as well, on that note).
On our holiday in Cornwall last summer, my wife and I decided to dedicate one of the days to a big Cornish road trip, getting up early from our base in Tintagel and heading out as far as we could (to Land’s End) and working our way back over the course of the day. On our way we visited the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, a rescue centre and wildlife attraction that’s home to seals, sea lions, otters, penguins, and some other less aquatic animals.
1/400sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 135mm
If you’ve read many of the posts on this blog you’ll know I’m not that great on identifying species, often even the ones that most would think easy to differentiate. Not for me, they aren’t. No idea at all. Even when I do get it right its without any confidence. So you’ll have to take it with a pinch of salt when I say that the animal in the image above is a seal. If it indeed it is a seal, it certainly seems a content one, drifting through the water with a very serene look on his face. This seemed to be something that many seals like doing.
1/200sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 135mm
The sanctuary had different tanks for different species. As most of the animals were also rescued from somewhere they would be put in individual tanks when they first arrived, which we saw on occasion, like this… sea lion, maybe?