A Sunderland photographer got up-close-and-personal with this gorgeous seal when it decided to strike a pose.
Peter Ridley was walking along Hendon Beach with his partner, Julie, and their Bichon Frise, Holly, when they spotted the seal lying on the slipway.
The 62-year-old was once a keen amateur photographer, but hasn’t picked up a camera in a while.
After recently buying a new piece of equipment, he took it out for the first time and got lucky when he saw the seal.
Peter, who is a caretaker at Sunderland College’s city campus, said: “I used to be really into photography years ago but I haven’t done it for a while.
“I just got this new camera and decided to take it out for the first time when we went for a walk the other day. I was planning to get some pictures of Holly running around on the beach.”
Unfortunately his beloved pet had to give up her spot in the limelight when a new model became available.
Peter added: “I just spotted something at the end of the slipway and as we got closer we saw it was a seal just lying there.
“I couldn’t believe the way it was lying and we got up really close and it just lay there looking at us while I took some pictures.
“Other people came down as well and it just stayed there until the tide came in a bit and it moved off towards the water.
“We were only about four of five feet away from it and it was quite happy to pose for pictures. I couldn’t believe that it was there when I’d just decided to take my camera out for the first time.”