Video: Hitchhiking sea lion hops aboard South Bay kayak

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A man ending a night dive off the coast of the South Bay said he got quite a surprise recently when an insistent sea lion pup hopped aboard his kayak and refused to leave.

Rick Coleman said he surfaced from his dive and was surprised by the sea lion.


At one point, he said he nudged the stubborn sea lion off with an oar. Seconds later, it hopped back on.

Coleman thought the pup might have been cold - or escaping a shark in the area. He paddled back to shore with the sea lion on board. When Coleman got back to the beach, the sea lion hopped off and went to rest on some rocks nearby.


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