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March 12, 2013 9:33 AM   Subscribe

Newly weaned harbor seal pups attempting to climb onto a surfboard with a camera attached: Seal Pup Slip n' Slide [slyt | adorable ]
posted by quin (21 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
I was rooting for those little guys! It killed me when that one finally got the momentum to get up on the surfboard only to fly off the other side. Also, I was alarmed to learn that they have tiny hands at the ends of their front flippers. How long before they develop opposable thumbs?
posted by Maisie at 9:55 AM on March 12, 2013


Reminds me of this video that I saw on cheezburger this morning.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:00 AM on March 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


I liked the seagull just hanging out at the end of the plank, not bothered at all by the seals.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:03 AM on March 12, 2013


lil' wax might have been nice.
posted by ecourbanist at 10:08 AM on March 12, 2013


Sheesh. Would it have killed him to slap some grip tape on that?
posted by adamrice at 10:24 AM on March 12, 2013


Yeah they have quite pointy claws on those flippers there!
posted by shelleycat at 10:34 AM on March 12, 2013


It was hard to resist the urge to push my nose up against the screen and give him/her a little boost.
posted by chara at 10:53 AM on March 12, 2013


surfboard+ baby seals; ultimate shark bait.
posted by Conrad-Casserole at 11:02 AM on March 12, 2013


I found myself leaning in my chair "helping" the little guy with the power of my mind the way I do when I'm caught up in a video game...
posted by agatha_magatha at 11:22 AM on March 12, 2013


Reminds me of this video that I saw on cheezburger this morning.
posted by jacquilynne at 1:00 PM on March 12 [2 favorites +] [!]


Oh my god, they have toes, too! The end is nigh!
posted by Maisie at 11:46 AM on March 12, 2013


Reminds me of this video that I saw on cheezburger this morning.


I watched most of that. And it was cool. But a couple things:

1. Night diving? As someone I know once said, "Eh. It's the same fish as during the day. They're just hungrier." I don't know if that's true, but, yeah, you could not pay me enough money.

2. Also, I could not shake the feeling that the little sea lion pup was desperately hiding from something. When he came out of the water and saw the little pup in his boat I was seriously squealing at the screen, GET IN THE BOAT GET IN THE BOAT GET IN THE FUCKING BOAT.

Not that the fucking kayak would do much of anything.

fuck the water.
posted by kbanas at 11:50 AM on March 12, 2013


That was me for two straight days last time out.
posted by billyfleetwood at 2:08 PM on March 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ah, seals are so cute!

We recently had one come up and climb out of a tidal river and end up at the entrance to a local hospital. Fortunately, it got safely back into the water (but it would have had to cross a road to get there!). So they are persistent. That article also mentions someone finding a seal on their back porch!

"The species we see this time of year are a little hardier than the harbor seals born in early summer," she said. "They have more of an attitude..."
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 2:08 PM on March 12, 2013


GET IN THE BOAT GET IN THE BOAT GET IN THE FUCKING BOAT.

I know, right? I think Metafilter has conditioned me to expect any cute animal video to have a tragic/cruel basis. So I expect this little guy's desperately trying to get out of the water because a pod of transient orcas has just shown up.
posted by figurant at 2:10 PM on March 12, 2013


Sea Lion Pup Takes Kayak Ride

From the same guy: Kayaking with Redondo Beach Blue Whales
posted by homunculus at 4:07 PM on March 12, 2013


Or what jacquilynne linked.
posted by homunculus at 4:08 PM on March 12, 2013


Night diving? As someone I know once said, "Eh. It's the same fish as during the day. They're just hungrier." I don't know if that's true, but, yeah, you could not pay me enough money.

Not really, you often see very different fish. That being said, dude in the video seems to be alone which is... not ideal.
posted by atrazine at 4:51 PM on March 12, 2013


Best YouTube comment:

still can't beleave one of these little guys killed ben laden
posted by LarryC at 10:47 PM on March 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


Keith the seal tried to hitch ride on paddle board on the River Severn
posted by homunculus at 1:21 PM on March 15, 2013


Hundreds of Starving Baby Sea Lions Wash Ashore in Mysterious Mass Stranding
posted by homunculus at 11:14 AM on March 16, 2013


Flagra Elefante-marinho aparece nas Ruas de Balneário Camboriú SC
posted by homunculus at 9:42 AM on March 18, 2013


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