Friendly Seal Loves Beachgoers So Much He’s Become A Local Celebrity.

Seals are affectionately referred to as the “dogs of the sea” or “ocean puppies.” For anyone who’s lucky enough to meet Sammy, it’s not hard to see why.


A few months ago, the adorable animal picked Weymouth Beach in Dorset, England, as his new favorite hangout spot. Back then, the sandy shores were mostly empty because of the novel coronavirus quarantine. But when beachgoers started showing up in recent weeks, he immediately began making friends!

It wasn’t long before the seal became a local celebrity. Not only did he approach people without fear, but he also seemed to want to play – just like a friendly dog!

He started stealing hearts online as well when people began sharing pictures of his hilarious antics. They caught the attention of photographer Will Badman, who made an early trip to the beach himself one morning in the hopes of spotting Sammy.

Luckily for the world, Will found him and managed to capture the goofball in action!

“Sammy has a habit of popping up on people unexpectedly and tries to get onto their surfboard, kayak, or on people’s back as they are swimming,” Will told The Dodo.

As it turns out, on the beach, Sammy loves working the camera! While Will snapped photos from a distance, he struck the best poses, proving himself to be a natural model!

“Sammy is a cheeky young seal, and the expressions on his face are funny,”Will added.

That said, the talented photographer wants to remind people that Sammy is a wild animal, so it’s important to keep a safe distance – even if Sammy doesn’t want to.

Fortunately, the amiable seal has a group of volunteers watching out for him, so he can keep enjoying his lazy days on the beach while he entertains everyone around him!

This cutie won our seal of approval! What a treat for everyone who gets to enjoy his company. You can keep up with Sammy by checking out more of Will’s snapshots on Facebook.

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