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The moment a dog and sea lion become unlikely friends

When sea pup meets land pup!

Hannah Hastings

Posted 55d ago

There are some unexpected friendships that have been recorded over the years, but a friendship between a sea lion and a dog is not one we’ve heard of.


In a cute TikTok video posted by Lindsay Greenberg, a brown Labrador enjoying a swim around the sea in California spots the sea creature floating nearby.  


The scene then cuts to the two unlikely friends on the shore where they both appear fascinated and slightly frightened of each other. 


Several times the dog is seen wagging its tail and attempting to bravely get nearer to the sea lion, before running off in the opposite direction.


The clip can be watched here.


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As the clip ends, we then see the Labrador saying farewell to his new companion from the promenade above before the sea lion decides it's time to flop down and rest. 


In just over a month since publishing the video to her TikTok account, Lindsay's footage has been viewed more than two million times.


Talking about the incredible encounter, Lindsay said: "We live on the beach there and I was out tanning with my dog laying next to me when the sea lion came up on shore. 


"He [the sea lion] was definitely interested in my dog but my dog was keeping his distance at first because he was rightfully concerned about what this thing was." 


Beachgoers are warned to not get close to sea lions on a beach (Image: GETTY)


The Labrador owner went on to reveal that she had contacted a local wildlife rescue about the sea lion, and was told to wait until someone arrived. 


She added: "We told them there were pets in the neighbourhood but one of my neighbours used to volunteer at the shelter, so they said to just supervise and watch for any threats." 


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It was at this point that Lindsay and her pooch left the beach and continued to watch the large mammal safely from above. 


Despite the wildlife rescue getting the sea lion to return to the sea, Lindsay is convinced the same one now makes regular visits on dry land.


She said that since the interaction "almost every day there is a sea lion that swims right in front of our house and stops to poke its head up and look for my dog now. Sometimes doing flips or playing in the water for us.


"Obviously I can't be positive it's the same sea lion but it definitely seems to be."


We think the sea lion has taken a liking to playing with dogs - and we can’t blame him!



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