Blubber dinghy

This amazing shot shows a cheeky seal who jumped aboard a dinghy on a busy river to enjoy the sun. See MASONS story MNSEAL: The wild seal was spotted lying on the unoccupied dinghy attached to a buoy on the River Orwell, Suffolk. Retired June Deaton, 66, from Spalding, Lics., who was taking a trip on her son's boat along the river last Sunday took this amazing picture.

River cruise … seal enjoys a pleasure ride

By JO SAYER

Published: 15 Jul 2011

 Sailors on this river got a shock when they spotted a wild grey seal sunbathing on a rubber dinghy.

The animal had clambered aboard the raft on the River Orwell, near Woolverstone, Suffolk.

And it looked ship shape as it happily soaked up some sunshine sprawled across the inflatable’s side.

Luckily for fellow boaters, the unlicensed captain wasn’t going anywhere — the dinghy was tied to a nearby buoy.

 

Flip me ... sailors spotted seal lazing on inflatable

Flip me … sailors spotted seal lazing on inflatable

June Deaton, 66, from Spalding, Lincs, took the snap during a trip on her son’s boat last Sunday.

She said: “We were sailing back from a family fish and chip lunch when I spotted the seal. The seal jumped into the dinghy twice.

“We did not go too close at first as we thought we might scare it away. We shouted out to people on the river bank and a crowd built up.

“It was such a lovely sunny day. Far from being afraid, it seemed to be enjoying the sunshine and put on quite a show.

“My daughter-in-law has been sailing for many years and said she has never seen anything like this before.”

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