"I tell you, surfing's mighty wild
It's getting bigger every day."
-- The Beach Boys, "Surfing Safari"
...and they weren't kidding. It doesn't get much wilder than a seal hopping on your surfboard to ride the waves along with you! Matthew Stanley and a friend were surfing near Amble, Northumberland, on the northeast coast of England, when they suddenly realized they had company. Stanley explains,
"Me and my friend Andrew Flounders were out enjoying some summer waves when this little guy came along and scared the hell out of Andy because we didn’t know what it was! It nudged his foot from underneath.”
After more than an hour of surfing with the baby seal, Matthew and his friend decided to go back to shore, but the pup wasn’t finished and tried to follow them.
“When we got home, Andy rang the local marine wildlife authority to make them aware of what occurred, just in case the seal was unwell… He didn’t seem unwell when he was surfing in like a pro!”
Someone give that little pup some boardshorts!