A baby seal climbs on a boat and gets comfortable (Video)

An Orange County boater had the experience of a lifetime after a friendly sea lion pup climbed aboard his vessel off the Newport Beach coast.

Sailor J.R. Gilkinson posted the more than six minute cell phone video of the encounter on May 19 on YouTube.

“A day at sea that I will never forget!!!” he said online.

The video was taken a day earlier on Gilkinson’s sailboat about two miles off the Newport Beach coast.

The small pup, which appeared to be tired, was recorded boarding the sailboat and laying on Gilkinson’s lap.

The sea lion stayed on the ship for more than 90 minutes to rest up and snuggle the captain. It didn’t disembark until the boat sailed into the habor, he said.

“One of the BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE ! ! !” Gilkinson wrote online.

Animal officials say the encounter was rare and advises the public to avoid sea lions as they are prone to bite.

As of Tuesday morning, the video dubbed, “My Life Changing Experience with a Baby Sea Lion,” has more than 1,500 hits on YouTube.


Responses to "Baby Sea Lion Snuggles Up To Sailor Off Newport Beach Coast"

  1. Unknown says:

    I hope that you will update us on what happened. Did he just go back in the water, or was he taken somewhere else?
    What a sweet baby. I wonder where his/her mommy is.

  2. Unknown says:

    I went to youtube and saw what happened. lol. Aww, that was just such a sweet encounter. What a blessing for both I would imagine! This touched my heart deeply.

  3. Morgana says:

    My baby chose the right place.

  4. Morgana says:

    My poor baby, how much suffering you went through.

  5. Gale says:

    What a wonderful gift of trust. I hope this experience will inspire you to become their advocate. This winter has seen an extra ordinary number of pups either starved or extremely malnourished. No one is quite sure why, but they can use all the help they can get.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Babies, no matter the species, are born with out prejudice, malice or bigotry toward any other being, human or not. They must be taught. It is not 'born in them. Here, then, is another proof.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wonder where his mom was, he seems too small to make it on his own, though I certainly hope he does.

  8. Mep says:

    What a fantastic honor for these people. My heart is over joyed at their kindness to let the little one rest up and hopefully make it on his own. The Universe sends us gifts all the time in many different forms. This was one. Blessed are those that take the time to share in it's wonders and mysteries.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I wonder what happened to this baby ? I really hope everything went well for him/her ? Maybe a mermaid is taking great care of him/her ? Love to you Baby... Isabel

  10. that is so kool..

  11. Unknown says:

    I hope this baby didn't do this because it was in distress .... I hope these people notified someone in authority about him/her and it's approximate whereabouts in case it needed rescuing .... what a little lovey

  12. Anonymous says:

    100m like

  13. Unknown says:

    Baby was in search of its family and the kind man's skin was akin to mothers. My LOVE and LIGHT are sent to this little one - may you grow to live a life of health and freedom. xx

  14. Anonymous says:

    That baby was likely hungry.. too bad they let it go without trying to establish if it needed help.. perhaps asking a veterinarian would have helped.. just saying..

  15. Anonymous says:

    I love this! I am wondering also what did he do afterwards? Did he go back into the water or what? I'm so glad he got into this boat where he was safe and not in with someone who would hurt him.Thank you so much for sharing this heart warming story. ~Gail~

  16. Anonymous says:

    I would also love an update on what happened after this video. that was the sweetest thing i have ever seen. it must either be lost or have lost it's mother. i hope they took it to a marine safety place or an animal rescue. it looks too young to be on it's own. lovely video, warms the heart. <3

  17. Dios los bendiga, amèn

  18. Dios los bendiga, amèn

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