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Sauntering seal idles away the evening on its own personal patch of Felixstowe beach

PUBLISHED: 11:55 14 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:55 14 August 2017

A crowd of people gathered to watch the seal on Felixstowe beach.  Picture: ANDREW WHINNEY

A crowd of people gathered to watch the seal on Felixstowe beach. Picture: ANDREW WHINNEY

Andrew Whinney

This posturing pinniped was afforded an exclusive section of beach on which to recline, as the sun set on the Suffolk coast.

The seal came to shore on one of the most central parts of the beach, close to the pier.  Picture: ANDREW WHINNEYThe seal came to shore on one of the most central parts of the beach, close to the pier. Picture: ANDREW WHINNEY

Unabashed by the presence of upright mammals, the seal loped ashore for a leisurely evening loll – striking a few playful poses for onlookers, including Andrew Whinney, who caught the moment on camera.

The unusual visitor to Felixstowe beach proved to be a big attraction.  Picture: ANDREW WHINNEYThe unusual visitor to Felixstowe beach proved to be a big attraction. Picture: ANDREW WHINNEY

A short stretch of beach, close to the pier, was sectioned off by the Felixstowe mobile coastguard as the seal dawdled in the fading light.

The seal made its own way back into the water.  Picture: ANDREW WHINNEYThe seal made its own way back into the water. Picture: ANDREW WHINNEY

Marine mammal rescuers were also called to the beach – in case the seal became stranded and needed help returning to the sea.

The seal plays on Felixstowe beach, close to the pier, on Sunday evening.  Picture: ANDREW WHINNEYThe seal plays on Felixstowe beach, close to the pier, on Sunday evening. Picture: ANDREW WHINNEY

But, after a brief rest and few waves to spectators, the seal shuffled back to the water of its own accord.

Part of the beach was cordoned off after the seal appeared.  Picture: ANDREW WHINNEYPart of the beach was cordoned off after the seal appeared. Picture: ANDREW WHINNEY

Seals are semi-aquatic and regularly leave the water to digest their food or rest on shore. The RSPCA advises the public to never get too close or attempt to put a seal back in the sea.

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