In a heartwarming and unexpected encounter, a baby seal brought joy to a group of surfers in San Diego, California.
The adorable incident, captured by ‘Drone Dude Ed’ on Pacific Beach, unfolded on June 18 while the surfers were gathered in the water for a meeting.
The amazing video showcases the playful baby seal hopping from one surfboard to another, much to the astonishment of the surfers.
At one point, the seal even waves its fin at the drone capturing the incredible moment from above.
Surfer Kim Evgenia described the experience as “the most beautiful thing that has ever happened” to her, expressing her gratitude to ‘Drone Dude Ed’ for immortalizing the encounter.
The local community was equally enthralled, with one person describing it as “absolutely incredible” and another saying their heart would have stopped from sheer delight.
While some speculated that the friendly seal might have been escaping a predator or searching for a new home, others suggested that it could be the pup of a seal killed by a great white shark in the area a few days earlier.
Concerned about the well-being of the seal, the surfers alerted SeaWorld officials, who promptly dispatched a team of experts to assess the situation.
After evaluating the pup, SeaWorld determined that the intervention was unnecessary as it appeared old enough to take care of itself.
Although surfers claimed that the pup’s mother had passed away, there were no official reports of a dead seal in the area.
SeaWorld encourages anyone who discovers a deceased marine animal on the beach to contact the San Diego Environmental Services Department or the Southwest Fisheries Science Center.
This heartwarming and extraordinary encounter between the surfers and the baby seal serves as a reminder of the incredible bond that can form between humans and wildlife, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to witness such moments.
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