Friendly Antarctic seal hugs bottom of kayak

Emily O'Keefe
2:09pm April 14, 2013
April 14, 2013: A kayaker in Antarctica has filmed the moment a leopard seal hugged the underside of a kayak.

He could just be one of the friendliest seals in Antarctica.

A large male leopard seal has been filmed playfully flirting with a group of kayakers near Pleneau Island, winking and hugging the bottom of their boats.

Canadian guide Paul Scriver told ninemsn he was leading a group of passengers from cruise ship One Ocean Expeditions last month when the 3m-long creature approached them.

The seal began diving under the kayaks of several of the passengers and took the time to hold on for a ride, he said.

"They're just so intelligent and you could tell that he was definitely playing," Mr Scriver said.

"You could see it in his eyes, he was enjoying it."

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"He was being quite careful too I think, not to rock the kayaks too much, which was interesting."

The incident happened on the first kayaking expedition of the cruise and many of the passengers were not initially sure how to react to the exuberant seal, Mr Scriver said.

"It took the passengers a little while to calm down and realise they weren't going to get eaten," he said.

The seal hung around for almost an hour playing before the group had to move on, he said.

Source: Paul Scriver

Author: Emily O'Keefe

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