By Jasmine Kazlauskas
A social sea lion has struck up an unlikely friendship with a dog after the playful pair were captured frolicking in the ocean together just metres from the shore.
During a leisurely stroll at his local beach, Ryan Waldock noticed that his dog Asta, four, had become overly excited about something in the water – but he could not figure out what it was.
But when the ridgeback cross decided to jump into the waves for a swim, the 35-year-old from Fremantle, Western Australia, realised an adorably curious Australian sea lion had come to say hello.
Despite being two completely different species, marine skipper Ryan said the unlikely pair looked the best of friends as they happily frolicked in the clear blue water just mere inches away from each other.
Ryan said: “My dog Asta and I were walking up the beach at around midday when it happened.
“I noticed she was getting excited about something and looking over into the water, but I couldn’t understand what was going on.
“She went for a swim and the sea lion literally just came straight up to her. It was a really good interaction.
“They were swimming together for about a minute. They were both really calm and happy.
“Asta was very curious and I think the seal felt the same. They were both checking each other out.
“We go to the beach there every day, sometimes twice a day. But we’ve never seen a sea lion this close before.”
The incredible footage was shot at Fremantle’s picturesque South Beach on Friday [April 12] and has already racked up thousands of likes and shares online.
Ryan said that although Australian sea lions can sometimes be spotted in the area, he had never witnessed a sea lion come that close to the shore.
According to the Australian Marine Conservation Society, the rare species are native to Australian waters and are currently endangered – with only around 11,000 Australian sea lions left in the wild today.
Ryan said: “It is such a beautiful beach. It’s not every day you get to witness something like that.
“All my friends and family were quite jealous that I got to see it with my own eyes, but everyone really loved the video.
“I felt so lucky to see something so amazing. It was unforgettable.”