Sun is setting in Horton Bay. All is quite except for the cries of a baby seal pup.
As we arrived at our dock by boat, the seal approached us looking for it’s mother or simply for a meal. As my partner called animal rescue for directions, I placed a piece of plywood in the ocean stabilizing it with a yellow paddle. It crawled on to the sheet then attempted to feed off the paddle. It was clearly in distress.
This is an image of it swimming around our dock looking for mom.
We did capture it and delivered it by boat – in the dark of night – to an awaiting animal rescue vessel 5 miles up the coast. A sweet finish to warm summer’s night.

A call from the rescue centre informed is that she was 8 pounds underweight, near death, and is doing just fine.

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Toby Snelgrove is an award winning photographer living on Mayne Island, BC, Canada. His art is been accepted into the Sidney Fine Art show since 2009 and won the Show Designer’s Award in 2010.
His photojournalism has been published in numerous publications including the Toronto Globe and Mail, Pacific Yachting, Aqua Magazine, Vancouver Sun and Province, The Driftwood, and Island Tides.

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  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 3 years ago

    Such a sweet story, Toby….. good on ya!! super shot too.

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    Awww-poor little one-So glad you were able to rescue the babe! Beautiful capture.

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    What a wonderful ending to a beautifully told story, so glad you got the poor wee fellow some help. This is an amazing image, fantastic capture.

  • Ian English
    Ian Englishalmost 3 years ago

    Toby, an excellent image to go with a wonderful story !!! Love the silver tones.

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 2 years ago

    Awesome awesome! Had my first experience with seals this past year in California. Beautiful creatures…how can one resist such a sweet and innocent face.

  • Nicky South
    Nicky South3 months ago

    Toby, beautiful story and photo to capture it all. Well done to you and your family. An inspiration! Love all your wonderful work. It shows perfectly your love of nature. Thanks for sharing.

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