A California boater once in a lifetime encounter with a young sea lion resulted in what he called a “life-changing experience.”
J.R. Gilkinson was about two miles off the Californian coast of Newport Beach when he saw the sea lion pup swimming near to his boat.
The dog eventually got up into Gilkinson’s boat, according to a YouTube video where Gilkinson stated it “looked tired”!
More than most people get to experience, the juvenile sea lion decided to take things a step further and become friends with Gilkinson.
The boater described the dog as “trusting” and the video demonstrates just how trusting the little guy is! The sea lion really came over to Gilkinson and sat on his lap to be caressed.
It’s so precious that Gilkinson calls it a “life-changing experience” and a day he’ll “never forget.”
The little sea lion rolled all over his new friend, playing and cuddling with him.
The little sea lion finally stayed on board for more than an hour and waited until the boat had reached the harbor before departing. What a wonderful day at sea!
I’m certain that neither of their lives will ever be the same as a result of the lovely sea lion’s encounter with the shocked boaters.
Gilkinson described it as “one of the BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE” on YouTube.