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By Zoe Cassell

ADORABLE photographs capture a herd of playful seals performing underwater aquatics just off the coast of Devon.

In one image a cute grey seal can be seen clutching a strand of seaweed and giving the camera an inquisitive look, while another shows a seal mid back-flip close to the ocean floor.

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These heart-warming snaps were taken by underwater photographer Alexander Mustard (41) from Peterborough, who caught up with the seals on Lundy Island in Devon.

“When the seals are in a playful mood it is tremendous fun,” said Alexander.

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“I have found that the best way to attract them in close is to totally ignore them so I like to stare at the seaweed instead.

“This seems to make them jealous and they soon overcome their shyness.”

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Lundy Island is the perfect spot to capture these lively creatures and the island is home to approximately two-hundred grey Atlantic seals.

Other images show the fun-loving seals poking their heads out of the water and peering into the camera lens, some even baring their teeth playfully.

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Alexander considers himself lucky to have photographed and interacted with these animals.

“Being accepted by wildlife is always a fulfilling sensation but when the wildlife then chooses to interact with you it is even better,” he explained.

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The marine life on Lundy Island has been protected under law since 1986 and previously as a voluntary Marine Nature Reserve since 1973.

“The British seas are full of life, especially in the areas we protect from over exploitation,” Alexander added.

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“Lundy is a great example of this and it is one of the reasons that there is a healthy population of these amazing marine mammals there now.”

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