Mr Watson, 64, from Alsace said: 'I was about to take a picture of the penguins when suddenly from the other side of the dune appeared a young elephant seal.
'It stood for about six seconds just staring at us before going back down and disappearing.
'A few seconds later he was standing again and he did this at least 15 times. The whole thing was very bizarre and lasted a good five minutes.
'Soon everyone was trying to get the timing right to get good pictures of the seal rather than the penguins.'
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