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Sea lion hops out of water to cuddle with paddle boarder

Cutest date ever.


Ziwe Fumudoh

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 27, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 6:09 pm CDT

Hitchhiking is bad—unless of course you’re a lovable, friendly sea lion just looking to paddle board and chill. One man found his boat ride for one a party of two when a curious sea lion joined him during his water festivities in the San Diego Bay.

“Here’s my new friend. He jumped aboard out at the bridge and is just hanging out with me—snuggled right against my back,” said the man to the doting sea creature.

The man could hardly contain his giggles as he caught the adorable cuddle session on video for animal lovers all over the Internet to indulge. Although the fate of the man and sea lion are unknown, I can safely assume they are pursuing an underwater adventure with Sebastian, Flounder, and Scuttle.

Watch this adorable sea lion get affectionate with the paddle boarder in the cutest date ever.

Photo via Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0)

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*First Published: Oct 27, 2015, 9:00 am CDT