By Mikey Jones
This cheeky diving partner will not be getting the SEAL of approval.
British diver and marine photographer Leena Roy was hoping to get some cute images of sea lion pups when one decided to hitch a ride on her air tank.
Not content with making Leena’s swimming more difficult, the playful pup decided to have a chomp on her air tube before darting off.
The moment was captured by Will Clark, 47, from Somerset, a partner in a property letting and development business and avid wildlife photographer.
He and Leena were diving around a sea lion colony off the small island of Los Islotes in the Sea of Cotez near Mexico.
Will said: “Leena and I were on an underwater photography trip to document the cute seal pups behaviours and crazy antics.
“We went at exactly the time of year when the pups are old enough to separate from their mothers but young enough to still be super cute.
“Sea lion pups are some of the naughtiest most charismatic animals in the world. They just love mischief.
“Often you don’t even know they are right next to you until you notice that it’s become hard to swim and they are literally riding your gas tank.
“Once they see you’ve noticed them they dash all around you and they are impossible to keep up with.
“They bite on your air hoses, tug on your fins, and sometimes they are just content to grab hold of your neck from behind with their velvety little flippers and make hilarious gurgling noises right into your earhole.
“It is an absolute joy to interact with sea lions like this, especially these little naughty babies. They are so cute it’s right off the scale.”