Common Seal in the 1970s

Leafing through my childhood scrapbooks I come across a drawing of a Common Seal. It has all the characteristics of a Common Seal: the cute snub nose; the shape and angle of the nostrils; and that pose:

Common Seal - 1970s Nature Notebooks - (c) David Bailey (not the)

I was on holiday in Tenby. It was 1977, the year of punk. The holiday I heard that Elvis had died.

Forty years later and I’m in Orkney with a large group of Common Seals basking in front of me.

I’m still just as fascinated.

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