Stowaway Seal Gets a Free Ride in Sailing Regatta

June 25, 2021 02:16 PM
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Sailor Andre Baetz was surprised, Thursday, June 24, to find a stowaway seal on board his yacht during a sailing regatta in Sweden. 

Baetz was barely making way in light winds off the coast of Öland when the seal clambered on board his 28-foot trimaran boat, the Flaneur. 

At first the seal looked content and relaxed as it laid on the boat basking in the sunshine and getting a free ride.  

But the next day Baetz said it was still there and looking very lethargic and the yachtsman began to worry about the seal's state of health. 

The MidsummerSail race committee were able to send Andre's video of the seal to a veterinarian at the Oceanarium in Stralsund. The vet gave the animal the all-clear, saying seals were generally robust and shallow breathing was normal when resting.