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Pictured: What's a nice seal like you doing in a dive like this?

Posted on 5:32 PM by Sameer Shah

Flippers entwined in a courtly embrace, two seals perform an underwater version of Strictly Come Dancing.

And their graceful routines win top marks from the judges - in this case crowds of Christmas holidaymakers.

The one-year-old pair of common seals arrived at the North Carolina Zoological Park in April and soon became a hit with staff and visitors through their aquatic displays.





Before long they had been nicknamed Fred and Ginger, after Astaire and Rogers.

'When I approached their pool and saw them swimming and dancing together like this I really got excited,' said zoo volunteer Valerie Abbott, who took this picture.

'I just watched their patterns for a few minutes and then started shooting with my camera.

'These two can always be seen dancing together around their exhibit - they are really a lot of fun to watch.'

The secret of the perfect dancing partnership, in this case at least, seems to be a healthy diet based largely on seafood.

'They eat fish and lots of it,' added Miss Abbott.

'They get some in the morning and then in the afternoon they go through a training exercise where they are rewarded with more fish.'

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