A fisherman has formed the unlikeliest of decade-long friendships—with a blind seal who follows every day.
Nicholas Lewis first met Shauna the seal in 2010 when she was just a pup. She poked her head out of the water looking for some food.
Ever since, the sociable seal has greeted Nicholas at the steps at Peel Bay on the Isle of Man to “say hello.”
The 41-year-old crab and lobster fisherman says he now feels like Shauna is like his own child as he sees her every day and “loves her very much.”
Shauna will spend her afternoons following one of Nicholas’ three boats around the bay before enjoying two or three mackerel a day.
The dad-of-four said, “When she was just a little pup she’d appear and we’d always feed her and she became so confident and comfortable around us. I don’t think we’d go a single morning without her coming to say hello.
“She used to come up the steps to wait for us knowing that we’d be there in the morning. It was a bit startling at first seeing a seal waiting for you like you had an appointment. I love seeing her by my boat—she’s fascinating.
Sadly, in the last year Shauna has become blind in one eye and has progressively lost sight in both eyes.
Nicholas noticed Shauna’s left eye was suddenly turning white in late 2019, and then six months later both turned fully white.
He said he has had to take extra care for his best pal in recent times, as she has become more prone to injuries.
Still, ten years on and this pair continue to be inseparable—something Nicholas says he won’t ever take for granted. For him, Shauna will always be like “family.”