A paddleboarder had quite the surprise when a seal hopped onto his board and took a ride.
Cenk Albayrak-Touyé was paddleboarding in the seaport town of Poole, Dorset in England, just off Brownsea near the harbor. He was having an enjoyable time on the water when he saw a seal pop up!
The seal swam right up to his board and hopped on top for a ride. Cenk couldn’t believe it, but he sat and watched as the big seal sprawled across the top of his board, looking around from side to side.
The seal chilled on his board for several moments, seemingly enjoying the ride.
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Eventually, he slipped off the board back into the water and swam away.
Cenk shared a video of the experience on Facebook, saying, “Had a little visitor while Paddle Boarding”
He explained in the comments of his video that he’d seen seals before, but only from a distance. He said, “Before today I’d only ever caught a glimpse of a seal haha.”
While his experience could’ve been quite scary or startling, he said that he “loved every second!”
Watch the video below:
As a reminder, it’s important to never approach a wild animal without a trained professional, since they can be unpredictable or highly stressed with human interaction.
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