Seal’s salmon supper in Upper Harbour

A grey seal tucking into a freshly-caught salmon'picture by Ruth Ward

A grey seal tucking into a freshly-caught salmon'picture by Ruth Ward

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A GREY seal tucks into a salmon supper after catching the fish in the Upper Harbour a week last Sunday.

The maritime mammal’s early evening meal was captured on film by freelance photographer Ruth Ward, whose family live in Raw.

From her vantage point on the slipway beside Parkol Marine, the freelance photographer and band manager was able to snap the seal.

She said: “I usually photograph musicians and the other week I was shooting underwear models, so to take a picture of a seal was quite a nice change.

“I was just pootling around taking pictures of Whitby for a friend, with my mum acting as chauffeur.

“The light was nice so I went to the top of the harbour to shoot back down.

“I was getting back into the car when I saw a flash of white.

“I stuck my zoom lens on and saw it was a seal that had just caught a fish.

“It was shooting it for about 20 minutes and it seemed oblivious to me.”

Although primarily a coastal animal, grey seals can often be seen sunning themselves on the banks of the Esk and take advantage of migratory fish such as sea trout and salmon.