Seal has Dubai Charm

16:00, Jan 20 2014
Seal
Kayaker Sue Spannagl spotted a seal lying on the bulbous bow of the Dubai Charm off Port Taranaki.

A seal chose a cheeky spot to baske on Sunday.

Kayaker Sue Spannagl noticed the creature perched on the bulbous bow of the ship Dubai Charm, anchored off Port Taranaki.

''I paddled as close as the swells would allow and could not believe my eyes when I saw it was a large bull seal comfortably reclining on this smooth, slippery metal hsurface, at least three metres above the waterline,'' Ms Spannagl said.

''I can't imagine how it got there, scrambling up in the normal seal fashion would have been utterly impossible.'' 

Ms Spannagl, was out on a 39 kilometre day-long fishing expedition with four friends, when the seal came into view on its unusual resting place.

Returning to shore the group checked in on the ''stowaway,'' but it had gone.

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