This heart-warming footage shows the moment a curious seal plays with three kayakers off the Isle of Man coast.
Dave Rousseau, Ian Judd and Ava Judd, 10, were paddling to Cow Harbour on the north side of the Calf of Man on Sunday morning when the friendly seal popped up to say 'hello'.
The animal stayed with them for around an hour, rolling onto its back, nibbling their paddles and letting them stroke its belly and face.
The trio, who are from Peel, were delighted with the close encounter, which took place on one of the hottest days of 2022 so far.
They recorded the precious moment on their phone, with Ian commenting: "I have to say we have never experienced stroking a seal’s belly and face before."
People visiting the island's coastline are reminded by Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) not to disturb resting seals at the water's edge.
Here are some good tips from the Outdoor Swimming Society on how to react if a seal approaches you in the ocean.