‘Sheal’ have a whale of a time!

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W1A talented Australian photographer has caught a photo of a seal surfing amazingly on a humpback whale.

Photographer, Robyn Malcolm had been studying a group of whales in a feeding frenzy for a couple of months, around the coast of New South Wales, and only realised that she had taken the spectacular photo when she looked though her pictures later.

Witnessing this friendship is very uncommon say some animal experts. But a whale expert, Geoff Ross, says it has happened before, when a seal was trying to get away from a killer whale and hopped onto another whale.

The press and other photographers think that Malcolm has forged the photo, but Malcolm claims strongly that the captured image is genuine.

“I was surprised to find photos of the cheeky seal in amongst the other shots as I didn’t notice him at the time,” says Malcolm.

The seal and the whale are the latest in animal piggy back rides. There have been other cheeky animals that have been seen hitching a free lift.

r1A racoon and an alligator is a weird combination, normally the alligator would snap up the racoon but this time the gator isn’t. The photo was taken in Ocala National Forest. When Richard Jones was walking in the forest with his family, he happened to see a racoon riding on an alligator. He was amazed.  He reached for his camera and took a picture of the unusual sight.




wIn Essex, an amateur photographer named Martin L-May has taken an amazing photo of a wood pecker taking off with a weasel on its back. Experts say that it is most likely that the baby weasel had attacked the wood pecker, and the weasel jumped on as it flew away.




Hopefully these animals won’t be the last of animal piggy back rides. Photographers are constantly trying to capture extraordinary photos so the world of animal pictures will never get boring.

Louis, Year 6

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy


Note from the editor

If you want to learn more about seals and whales follow Hollies’ amazing 5-part Antartica Adventures.

3 Responses to ‘Sheal’ have a whale of a time!

  1. Tom October 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Who would of thought a whale would let a seal on their back?

  2. Andrew :) October 1, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Great article Louis and i hope to see more Piggy Backs 🙂

  3. Ryan October 7, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Fantastic article Louis! That is very strange how a seal got onto a humpback whale.