Flippin' cheek! Moment an inquisitive boxer dog got a slap from a seal as he fetched a ball
This inquisitive dog was left stunned when a playful seal gave him a friendly slap on the cheek after he bounded into the sea during a game of fetch.
The seal suddenly appeared and patted the boxer dog on the face during the unusual encounter after he chased a tennis ball that had been thrown into the ocean by his owner.
The young dog noticed the baby seal with its head poking out the water and instead of retrieving his ball, he circled his intriguing discovery.
Take that: The cheeky seal gives the dog a slap with his flipper
Wanna play? The dog stumbled across the seal during a game of fetch with his owner on a beach in Fife, Scotland
Tentatively, he walked up to the sea mammal for a sniff but was shocked when the fearless seal reached out to his face.
In shock, he left the ball in the water after a few seconds and headed back to the shore.
Grandmother Lynne Morris took the photographs while going for a stroll along the beach with her husband, in Fife, Scotland.
He put his nose towards the sea mammal for a sniff but was shocked when the fearless seal reached out to his face
Instead of retrieving his ball, the young dog circled his intriguing discovery
The 53-year-old human resources manager said: 'We had been walking to Aberdour castle when we saw a woman playing fetch on the seafront.
'She threw the ball into the water and without hesitation the dog ran in. The ball landed near a seal and the dog was fascinated by the creature.
'Instead of reaching for his ball he began circling the seal. They were incredibly docile and it was wonderful to watch.
'I was shocked by how calm the dog was, he was quite big and if I'd seen him walking along the road I would've crossed to the other side of the street.
The seal clearly wasn't in the mood for a game and showed him the flipper
In shock, he left the ball in the water after a few seconds and headed back to the shore
'Then, the dog went right up to the pup for a sniff and he cheekily slapped him on the face with its flipper.
'He was stunned and didn't fancy going near his ball so just headed back to his owner.'
Lynne, from North Middleton, in Midlothian, Scotland, added: 'I think there is an animal sanctuary nearby that had recently released a couple of baby seals into the wild.
'I take my camera everywhere and couldn't believe how lucky I was to get this encounter on film, it was remarkable.'