Brenda Blethyn, who stars as DCI Vera Stanhope in the hit ITV drama Vera, seen during the filming of the latest series at North Shields Fish Quay.

Vera filming in North Shields

Brenda Blethyn, who stars as DCI Vera Stanhope in the hit ITV drama Vera, seen¬†during the filming of the latest series at North Shields Fish Quay.                    

seal pup taking a rest on North Shields fish quay sands

Seal pup resting at North Shields

This Harbour Seal pup decided to have a rest and a wash on North Shields fish quay sands in January 2011. Looks cuddly but in reality they're aggressive and have sharp teeth! Click on the pic to view a larger version.