Where can I swim with seals in the UK?
Swim with seals in the Farne Islands
The Farne Islands are located between Bamburgh and Seahouses on the Northumberland coast and are home to one of the largest seal colonies in the UK with around 1,000 seal pups born each year.
Can you dive anywhere in the UK?
As with any dive, almost anywhere in the world, bad weather conditions can stir up silt and ruin a dive. However the UK waters are teeming with life and as long as you wrap up in your trusty drysuit you’ll stay toasty and warm whilst you enjoy all that the island has to offer.
Has a seal ever killed a human?
They are the only seals known to regularly hunt and kill warm-blooded prey, including other seals. Although rare, there are a few records of adult leopard seals attacking humans. There has also been one fatality, when a researcher was snorkelling in Antarctic waters and was killed by a leopard seal.
Are harbor seals aggressive?
Harbor seals show aggression by growling, snorting, and waving threateningly with a foreflipper. Another aggressive behavior is head-thrusting – sharp, rapid extension and retraction of the neck. Fighting is rare, except between competing males during the mating season.
What to do if a seal approaches you?
Always let seals make the first move – let them approach you. Sit back, wait quietly and observe. Aim to stay calm and move slowly to avoid spooking the seals and provoking an aggressive response. Be confident that seals are generally gentle creatures unless they feel threatened.
Is it safe to swim with wild seals?
“Obviously we do not encourage people to deliberately seek out seals to swim with, but if seals approach you then that is fine as the encounter is on their terms.” … Fast movements can spook seals and then a rapid movement of teeth or claws over our soft skin can draw blood.
How do you swim with seals?
Our Seal Swim program is a unique deep and shallow water interaction with harbor seals. Your Seal Swim will begin with you changing into one of our wetsuits and then enjoying a brief educational and safety talk with one of our seal trainers. You will then join the seals in the water for your 15-20 minute swim.
Is it legal to dive anywhere?
If you can get to and from the water you can dive just about anyplace you might want to, unless there’s a posted rule otherwise. Make sure you know enough about the site; current, surge, boat traffic, pollution, navigation hazards, etc. to keep yourself safe.
Do you need a license to scuba dive UK?
You have to pay to get scuba certified, and buy some gear. To get started you need to participate in the PADI Open Water Course. This course will give you full certification and is the most popular diving course in the world. … Most inland quarries in the UK charge about £12 for all day diving.