Seal surfs on a humpback whale’s back

Surfing is a popular pastime in Australia, as millions of people flock to its beaches to catch some serious waves. And the sport seems to have caught on among our marine friends.

While whale watching off the southern coast of New South Wales, photographer Robyn Malcolm managed to capture a photograph of a fur seal hitching a ride on the back of a whale. The pod of humpback whales were engaging in a feeding frenzy in the area, and the seal must have wanted to literally piggyback on the chance to snag some fish.

‘We’d seen some amazing whales coming out of the water; everything was happening so quickly,’ Malcolm told the Brisbane Times. ‘And it was when I went back through the photos that I realised I had actually captured the seal on top of the whale.’

The photograph follows a recent trend of ‘animals riding other animals’ that’s popped up around the Internet over the past year. Remember this photograph of a raven riding on the back of a bald eagle back in July?

Photo by Phoo Chan
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