The Navy has taken on a new recruit, and he certainly has the enthusiasm and drive required to do his patriotic duty.
This little chap takes to the sea like a pro, his flippers are tough and sturdy, and he appears to have a great rapport with his fellow naval officers.
Yes, this new recruit may be a seal, and he may not wear a uniform over his slippery, naked form.
But he’s a damn good soldier; eager to wade on his belly through freezing sea waters to prove himself to his two legged brothers in arms. Mr Seal, sir, we salute you.
War Office Productions have uploaded an extremely adorable video to their Instagram page, with the caption ‘Show ‘em how it’s done.’ This may well be the cutest seal related content you will see today.
In the footage, we can see a band of tough US Navy officers taking part in a gruelling military exercise.
Caked in sand from the beach, they push onwards into the iron grey of the sea. And they aren’t alone.
Flipping and flopping along beside them is an excitable little seal, who could not be happier to be joining in with the exercise.
This keen to please recruit is all of us on the first day of a new job, and the internet has taken him straight to our collective heart.
One person blubbed:
Why is this the cutest thing I’ve ever seen? It’s like he wants to be just like you guys.
Like little bro walking big brother to the bus stop.
Many people enjoyed the double meaning here behind the term ‘Navy Seal.’ Now if – like me – you thought Navy officers were called as such because of their swimming capabilities then this is apparently not the case.
This is actually abbreviated from The United States Navy’s Sea, Air and Land Teams, which is a bit more of a mouthful.
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It is perhaps unsurprising this seal wanted to get in on the action. Much like dogs, these creatures are known to be highly intelligent, with an inquisitive nature.
According to Seals World:
They are very curious too which is why they will follow boats to see what is going on aboard them. This is a great way for those people on these ships to get to see the seals up close in their natural environment.
Whereas Countryfile have explained:
Wild seals are very intelligent, curious and have good coordination, learning tricks easily in captivity.
They are highly curious and instinctively protective – there was even a case reported of a seal coming to the rescue of a drowning dog.
Seriously, I knew these chaps were fabulous but this just ‘seals’ the deal…
Sound like a useful guy to have on board. And to be fair, the lads couldn’t wish for a better swimming instructor. Just look at the speed on the little fella, very impressive indeed!
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.