Providing harbor seal pups with a floating platform might seem helpful, but when that platform is a slippery surfboard such an experiment might also seem a bit cruel.
But the accompanying footage, uploaded over the weekend by HydRemote, sure is cute. It reveals that some seals are more adept than others at sliding onto a windsurfing board moored in their habitat, in this case in waters off Puget Sound, Wash.
It also reveals that persistence sometimes pays off.
HydRemote, which is a company that designs cable systems for mounting cameras, stated that the clips were pulled from 30 minutes of "Slip n' Slide" footage.
No animals were harmed, and no Vaseline was applied, according to the video description.