Bark and drive! Cheeky seal surprises paddle boarder when he jumps out of water and hitchhike a lift
- Seal jumped on the board of novice paddleboarders in Dorset on Monday afternoon
- The curious creature ignored Cenk Albayrak-Touye as it lay on his plate
- He feared the seal would capsize the plank and drop it into the waters of Poole Harbor Harbor
This is when a novice paddle boarder picked up an unexpected passenger when a seal hitched a ride.
The laid-back animal jumped on Cenk Albayrak-Touye’s board before basking on it for a few minutes.
Most of the time his host didn’t seem to realize that on Bank Holiday Monday he was relaxing on his board in the sea off the Dorset coast.
But then he turned and got a good look at him before sliding back into the water.
Mr Albayrak-Touye, 25, an English teacher, was paddle boarding with his father just off Brownsea Island in Poole harbor when he filmed the amazing encounter.
He said, ‘I’ve only seen a glimpse of a seal, so this was the last thing I expected.
The seal jumped aboard while Cenk Albayrak-Touye, 25, was paddleboarding with his father near 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.
“We were a little further away and I sat down to keep my balance.
“My father didn’t understand why I had stopped, because I didn’t want to scream if I scared the seal.”
Mr Albayrak-Touye, from Poole, said the seal was so big and heavy that he wondered if they would lose balance and fall into the water.
He filmed the encounter on Monday afternoon as temperatures soared and crowds flocked to Dorset’s beaches.
Last summer, further west along the Dorset coast, a seal was so relaxed it fell asleep on a paddleboard for four hours.
The seal turned and looked closely at Mr Albayrak-Touye, pictured on the right, before sliding back into the sea
Known as Sammy by locals in Weymouth, the animal has become a fixture with beachgoers, who often approach people on the beach and are regularly monitored by volunteers.
In August, the seal was pictured riding on Buster Cottam’s sign. He described Sammy as “gentle” and similar to a dog.
The seal remained in a “deep sleep” on its shelf, occasionally “stretching and yawning,” he said.
Dorset Wildlife Trust says both gray seals and harbor seals are seen along the coast of the county.
On its website, it advises people to stay more than 100 yards from seals, but if curious juveniles approach, it advises to remain calm and not crowd or touch them.