Have you ever wanted to get pics of cute sea lion or seal pups up close? Well, your best bet may be to grab your kayak or surf board and paddle out — camera in hand. Scuba diver Rick Coleman discovered this on a recent dive trip off the coast of Southern California.
Just as he was getting ready to jump into his kayak and head home, a sea lion pup jumped up and sat himself (or herself) down on his bow. Even after Coleman eventually pushes the pup back into the water, the little guy jumped right back in. We’re just glad he had his GoPro running the entire time.
And in case you’re still skeptical of this as a great way to get up close and personal with the curious creatures, here’s another video that recently went viral, this one by photographer Ethan Janson. He hooked up a GoPro to one of his old windsurfing boards and then tied the board to a buoy:
This one was shot at Three Tree Point on the Puget Sound and playfully titled Seal Pup Slip n’ Slide. (For the sake of clarity, it’s worth noting that these are seal pups, while the little guy in Coleman’s kayak was a sea lion).