Seal amazes the paddler when he comes out of the water and clings to a lift
Bark and roll! Cheeky seal surprises paddler as he comes out of water and clings to elevator
- A seal jumped onto a novice paddler’s board on Monday afternoon in Dorset
- The curious creature ignored Cenk Albayrak-Touye as she lounged on her board
- He feared the seal would capsize and throw it into the water in Poole Harbor
This is the moment a novice paddler picked up an unexpected passenger when a seal hitchhiked.
The relaxed animal jumped on Cenk Albayrak-Touye’s board before spending a few minutes lying on it basking in the sun.
He seemed oblivious to his host for most of the time he spent relaxing on his board off Dorset on Bank Holiday Monday.
But then he turned around and took a good look at it before falling back into the water.
Mr Albayrak-Touye, 25, an English teacher, was paddling with his father just off Brownsea Island in Poole Harbor when he filmed the astonishing encounter.
He said: “I’ve only ever seen a glimpse of a seal so that was the last thing I expected.
The seal jumped aboard as Cenk Albayrak-Touye, 25, paddled with his father just off Brownsea Island in Poole, Dorset
“My dad and I recently bought paddle boards and this was only the fourth or fifth time we’ve been out on them.
“We had gone a little further and I sat down to keep my balance.
“My dad didn’t understand why I quit because I didn’t want to scream in case I scared the seal.”
Mr Albayrak-Touye, from Poole, said the seal was so big and heavy he wondered if he was going to swing too much and fall into the water.
He filmed the meeting on Monday afternoon as temperatures soared and crowds flocked to Dorset beaches.
Last summer, further west along the Dorset coast, a seal was so relaxed it fell asleep for four hours on a paddle board.
The seal turned around and took a good look at Mr. Albayrak-Touye, pictured right, before falling back into the sea
The animal, known as Sammy to the people of Weymouth, has become a regular sight for beach goers, often approaching people on the beach and being regularly checked by volunteers.
In August, the seal was photographed on the board of Buster Cottam. He described Sammy as “gentle” and dog-like.
The seal remained in “deep sleep” on his board while “stretching and yawning” from time to time, he said.
Dorset Wildlife Trust says gray seals and harbor seals are spotted around the county’s coast.
On his website, he advises people to stand more than 100 meters from the seals, but when curious juveniles approach, he advises to stay calm and not to crowd or touch them.