A seal has been spotted by a paddleboarder in Brighton.
Earlier this morning (15 September) paddle-boarder Mark Inscoe encountered a rare sighting of the marine mammal close to the West Pier in Brighton.
Mark spotted the seal and quickly was able to take a picture of the seal who he believes could be a fully grown adult due to its body size.
He said: "It was just extraordinary.
"I think it was an older seal as it was pretty big - actually it was huge."
Mark said: "I have been paddle-boarding Brighton and Hove beach for about 7 years now and you just never know what you are going to see - usually its just jelly fish and stuff.
"I noticed it just as I was approaching the red buoy close to the pier."
The seal popped his head out of the water just three metres away from the paddle-board.
"As I was approaching it looked almost like it was a shark fin."
There are two species of seals that live in the UK - common seals and grey seals.
They look similar from a distance, but grey seals are much larger than commons.
Advice from British Life Marine Life Rescue is to admire the seals from a distance otherwise the mammals can become defensive towards humans in fear.
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