Come and join me and the gang as we get the seal of approval as we visit the Farne Islands in Northumberland in October 2013. We've been visiting here for the last six years to say hello to the seal pups and we've never had this much interaction before - they were everywhere and all over us!!!! After a nightmare drive there with the worst traffic coupled with the imminent arrival of the St. Jude's storm we didn't think this trip was going to be worth the effort but once again the seals made every second worthwhile.......
Enjoy the show!!!
Filmed on location in the Farne Islands, UK with the help of Sovereign Divers. Contact them here: sovereigndiving.co.uk
Here's a link to where we were diving: goo.gl/maps/f3CoI
Cameras: Hero2 and Hero3 with no filters and next to no lights (seals didn't like the lights!!)
Music: Imagine Dragons, "On top of the world".
Extra disclaimer: The seals are wild animals and approach the divers entirely by their own choice. No seals are forced to interact or forced to stay. No seals are harmed by diver interaction. Seal interaction in the UK (where this was filmed) is not illegal.
Extra extra disclaimer: These seals are young pups who are very curious about the area in which they live. At the time of year that this was filmed the seals were about 2-4 months old and already 2m long and about 200-300lbs in weight. As always once the seals get older and move off to form colonies of their own elsewhere and the majority of them will not see people again. Fully adult seals are rarely this interactive and whilst tolerant of divers they tend to keep away after their first year of diver visits.
Extra Extra Extra disclaimer: no-one in this video works for or is in the employ of GoPro. We are all independent divers who bumped into some seals.
On 21st April 2014 I hit the unimagined target of 1 million views!!!! I never thought this video (which I knocked together for fun) would be seen and enjoyed by so many people or shared on such a massive scale!!!! Thanks go out to all viewers of Seal of Approval and I am happy that you all enjoyed my film - Happy diving to you all!!!
VIDEO UPDATE 2!!!!
On 28th April GoPro posted their own edit of the footage and made a swwwweeeetttt edit for people to enjoy as well!!! Check it out: youtube.com/watch?v=_U-91r-57_c
VIDEO UPDATE 3!!!
On 30th April the video hit 2 million views!!!! Holy cow!!!! I am really happy you are all loving this video!!! :)
VIDEO UPDATE 4!!!!
On 5th May the video hit 3 million views......Just so blown away!! :)
3.9 million views.....wow.
Here's the sequel from October 2014!!!
Directed by Keith Hopkin - facebook.com/keith.a.hopkin
Original Score by Carly Comando (itunes: bit.ly/1gA1KL2 )
Produced by C. J. Gardella | Directory of Photography - Dave McGrath
Color Correction: Gavin Rosenberg mergecreativemedia.com
Special thanks to Petcurean for the generous artistic grant! Petcurean.com
I had a really amazing time working with all of the pets and their owners on this project for Petcurean Pet Nutrition. Every animal has something special to offer the world and I am really happy that this film has been responsible for spreading so much joy. Feel free to share your own stories in the comments below!
Animals In order of appearance
Boo - White German Shepherd
Mia - White German Shepherd
Ronnie - Jack Russel Mix
Bodhi - Border Collie
Teddy - Golden Retriever puppy
Ahimsa - cat running and on door
Ginseng - cat on roof
Sylvester - cat in window
Anka - German Shepherd
Otto - Springer Spaniel
Stewie - Chocolate Lab
Bonkers - Boston Terrier
Blue - Yellow Lab
Bibi - Miniature Pinscher legs
Beans - Chihuaha
Jupiter - Mau/Savannah Mix Cat
Guapo - Australian Shepherd Mix
Jasmine - Golden Retriever
Violet - Cocker Mix
Kona - Golden Shar Pei
Weezie & Memphis - French Bulldog
Animal - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Charlie - Boxer
Liv - Black Cat
Yogi - Jindo Mix
Murphy - Lhasa Apso
Morgan - Pug Mix
Sammy - King Charles
Ivy - Labradoodle