Photo of the week: hunting seals with a camera

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In the Lower Savage Islands, off the tip of Baffin Island, high above the rest of Canada, we took a trip into a sheltered bay to look for wildlife. Aside from some gulls, guillemots and a pair of flying loons, it was slim pickings. We cruised along rocky shorelines, past little waterfalls flowing down from the melting sheets of winter ice, admiring the strange, elemental landscape.

But as we turned for home, there was a little flurry of activity: someone had spotted some seals. And as we cruised closer, there they were — a small group, one with a youngster at its side, relaxing on the rocks as they snoozed away the long summer day. They weren’t too bothered by having a group of paparazzi arrive on their doorstep, either, only opening their eyes now and then to take a peek. They seemed to sense we hadn’t come to kill them, only take photos.

But as we revved up the outboard motor and began to pull away, these two decided to take one last look at their strange visitors. Maybe, they thought, it was all just a dream …

This photo was taken with the Nikon D500 SLR camera and the Nikkor 200-500mm ED VR lens

I was a guest of Nikon Canada and Adventure Canada on this trip. However, the opinions expressed are my own.

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Paul Marshman is a retired journalist who spent 30 years as a writer and editor on Canadian newspapers, while travelling to the ends of the earth. Now he continues to travel while passing on his travel experiences to you.

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