A young seal shocked two surfers by joining them for a session in the waves in Northumberland.
Matt Stanley and Andrew Flounders were surfing off Amble when the seal swam up and got on board, even chasing them as they surfed.
The seal was with the duo for almost an hour, although it found balancing a bit of a problem.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Matt, 23.
“We had been in for about 45 minutes when the seal came along. I’ve seen them there before but they are usually far away.
“This one nudged Andrew’s foot in the water and started getting curious.”
The seal climbed on their boards but struggled to stay on for long.
“It kept sliding off, but every time you caught a wave it would surf in on the white water,” said Andrew.
“I admit we lost interest in the surfing for a bit. I’ve never seen a seal that close up, never mind one sitting on board.
“When we left it followed us, but the waves were not too bad so we went back in.”
A spokesman for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, which is close to a popular surf beach, said it wasn’t uncommon for seals to enjoy a ride along the waves.
He said: “We have surfboards here which the seals like to lie on.
“They can be very friendly so something like this can happen even in the wild, but we would still advise people not to touch them.”
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