Bashful seal by Keith Elcombe (7 images)

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A grey seal appears bashful as it shies away from the camera while lounging on muddy ground. The adult male covered its face with its flipper and turned its head away from the camera.

However the seal, lying on a muddy salt marsh at an English coastal site, did appear to give the photographer a smile as it opened its mouth. These shots were taken at Donna Nook, on the low-lying coast of north-Lincolnshire, after the male seal came ashore to mate with females who were there to give birth.
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