Quality mark! Extraordinary moment wildlife filmmaker is surrounded by playful seals who swam next to her for an hour in the Cornish sea
- Ellen Husain swam with the seals off the coast of Falmouth, Cornwall this week
- The animals were friendly and became interested in her webbed feet as she swam
- She first used her action camera to see the animals so they wouldn’t get scared
A marine biologist has filmed this amazing moment swimming with two seals on a remote beach.
Ellen Husain, a marine biologist, spent more than an hour in the water with the seals earlier this week at Falmouth on the south coast of Cornwall.
As she dives, a seal approaches and becomes very interested in her webbed feet before swimming away.
A seal approaches and becomes very interested in its webbed feet before swimming away
Ellen Husain, a marine biologist, spent more than an hour in the water with the seals earlier this week at Falmouth on the south coast of Cornwall
The seals seem particularly interested in the diver’s webbed feet and come back a second time to watch
The seal seems particularly interested in the diver’s webbed feet and returns a second time to look.
Soon a second animal arrives, and the curious creatures seem very comfortable swimming around the wildlife filmmaker.
After she was in the water for a while, the seals became super friendly and kept coming back to her.
Ms. Husain has worked on high-profile award-winning series, including series narrated by David Attenborough, Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry.
She grew up in Cornwall and learned to dive there and returns whenever she can.
She said: ‘It’s always great to see seals, whether from the beach or underwater.
‘As a filmmaker, I’ve dived with whale sharks in Belize, humpback whales in Hawaii, and tiger sharks in the South Pacific, but this was way up there – the seals came by while I was snorkeling, and really just seemed to want to hang out and play. ‘
‘It was really magical. I don’t believe people should chase or commit to marine life, but it’s different when they actively seek interaction with you – and very, very special. ‘
The curious creatures seem very comfortable swimming around the wildlife filmmaker
The marine biologist described the animals as ‘charming’ and ‘almost dog-like in their curiosity and playfulness’
She described the animals as ‘charming’ and ‘almost dog-like in their curiosity and playfulness’.
She explained that many animals find a direct approach very intimidating, so she used her action camera to see where they were underwater and swam close by.
Ellen said, “I didn’t want to leave – and the seals didn’t seem to want to either – they chased me and swam around me when I left.
She used her action camera to see where they were underwater and swam close so as not to scare them
The wildlife photographer said the interactions with the seals will stay with her forever
‘When I swam to the shallows they went with me, and when I turned to them to say my last goodbye, they just sat on the bottom in about a meter of water and looked at me.
‘I actually felt bad leaving! I felt like I was breaking up the party, but I was like, ‘It’s okay for you guys – you’ve got a huge layer of mud on!’
The filmmaker should now be abroad, but lockdown has put many TV projects on hold.
She said the memory of her interactions with the seals will stay with her forever, adding, ‘It just goes to show how much amazing marine life we have in the UK, and it is so often overlooked.’