Footage of a seal climbing onto a paddleboarder’s board has been seen by 1000’s after it was uploaded to social media.
The video was captured by Cenk Albayrak-Touyé, who was having fun with the solar whereas paddleboarding in Poole Harbour on the south coast of the U.Okay.
Albayrak-Touyé began recording because the seal approached. The video reveals how the animal swims proper as much as the paddleboard earlier than hopping out of the water and slumping over it.
The seal then seems to bask within the solar for properly over a minute, apparently not fazed by Albayrak-Touyé sitting proper behind it, earlier than slipping again into the water. The footage could be seen beneath.
The footage has been watched practically 10,000 occasions, with a whole bunch taking to Fb to remark.
Albayrak-Touyé advised native information outlet The Bournemouth Every day Echo it was solely the fourth or fifth time he had been out on the paddleboard.
He stated: “I had seen the seal’s head pop up a number of yards away from me, then it got here up by the board and simply obtained on.
“If this occurs once more I’d be very fortunate however I’m not going to get my hopes up.”
The novice paddleboarder stated he did not wish to contact the seal as a result of it appeared to be relaxed the place it was.
It’s not extraordinary for seals to be noticed within the space, with a number of sightings reported final yr.
Additionally it is not the primary time that seals have curiously approached people on the water. In 2017 a seal stunned a gaggle of kayakers in Scotland, U.Okay., by crawling out of the water and onto their rafts.
The animal eyes the kayakers plenty of occasions whereas straddling the boats and even smells the hand of certainly one of them earlier than abruptly leaping again into the water.
Alistair Forrest, who captured a video of that exact incidence, advised Nationwide Geographic on the time that he was nervous initially as a result of “you by no means know the way [the seal] might react.” He stated he was involved individuals would possibly go in search of related experiences.
Leanna Matthews, a seal biologist on the College of Syracuse, advised Nationwide Geographic that individuals who encounter a seal on the water ought to “let it go about its day” and warned in opposition to touching it.
U.Okay. wildlife group The Wildlife Trusts states on its web site that seals ought to be given loads of house and that these in boats or kayaks ought to keep a distance of at the very least 100 meters (328ft) the place potential.