Seal “Hangs Fin” with Local Surfers

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The internet was abuzz this week with animal cuteness from an unlikely critter. A curious baby seal joined a group of surfers in the chilly waters of the North Sea near Northumberland, UK for a surf session. The friendly mammal hopped up on longboards, played with the surfers and even did a bit of bodysurfing of its own. After an hour the surfers headed into the beach only to be followed by their new friend. Seals are normally avoided by surfers as they draw the attention of larger predators like sharks—luckily for everyone involved (seal included) the North Sea is largely void of the apex predators.