Seal Rides A Humpback Whale On NSW South Coast

17/09/2015 12:13 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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Sometimes Australia can overdo itself, and just be too Australia. A fur seal riding on the back of a humpback whale might be one of those times.

This incredible image was captured by photographer Robyn Malcolm on a trip at Eden, on the NSW south coast. She told the Sydney Morning Herald a pod of humpbacks were feeding on a school of fish, when the seal just jumped on the back of one of the whales and joined in.

The new seal-whale team were reportedly a successful pairing; how could they not be? It's a seal majestically perched atop a humpback whale as if it were a horse. When the creatures of the sea unite and emerge from the oceans in a quest to plunder our lands and claim the homes of land-dwellers, it will be this seal riding this humpback that will be the general leading the aquatic army.

It begs the question -- what can animals do when they team up like this? A Google search for "animals riding other animals" teaches us more about the strategies that beasts may employ to fight back against human oppression.

A kitten being chaired around by a tortoise. A monkey perched atop a warthog. A mouse riding a cat riding a dog? It's almost too much.

Here, have a hyrax riding a tortoise.


Or, you know, just enjoy this koala/dog pairing.

koala dog

If you need more, there's a whole blog dedicated to this stuff. It's called Animals Riding Animals. Have at it.

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