Close encounter with a very friendly seal: Creature clambers on British tourist’s kayak in New Zealand

Posted: November 28, 2013 by kirisyko in Kayaking, Water
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When British tourist Georgia Stephens went kayaking with her boyfriend she enjoyed a visit from an unexpected stowaway – a friendly seal.

Georgia, 22, from Woodford, Essex, was paddling with Martin Coppins, 25, in the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand when the mammal leapt out of the water onto the end of her kayak.

The couple caught the entire encounter, in the sea near Adele Island, on camera.

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A seal sits on the end of Georgia Stephens's kayak in New Zealand
British tourist Georgia Stephens and her boyfriend Martin Coppens in the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand

Stowaway: The seal, pictured left, jumped up onto a kayak being paddled by Georgia Stevens and her boyfriend Martin Coppins, right

Up close: The seal pops its head out of the water and rests it on the side of Georgia's kayak as it makes friends with the coupleUp close: The seal pops its head out of the water and rests it on the side of Georgia’s kayak as it makes friends with the couple

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