Canoodling seals caught in the act by unwanted penguin intruder

This pair of canoodling seals received an unwelcome surprise, when their petting time was interrupted by an inquisitive PENGUIN.

Cuddling seals

Cuddling seals

The unwanted intruder stood just a few feet away from the loved-up mammals, who just a few moments earlier had the small slab of ice all to themselves.

Not wanting to miss out on the action, the Gentoo penguin hopped onto the ice, watching the seals in the act.

Cuddling seals get cosy

Cuddling seals get cosy

The hilarious moment – which took place in Paradise Harbour, Antarctica – was captured by wildlife photographer David Merron, who was shocked to see the penguin get so close to the crabeater seals.

Though crabeater seals do not diet on meat, they usually keep a safe distance from all seals – mainly because of the similar-looking leopard seal’s predatory ways.

Cuddling seals

Cuddling seals

David, from Vancouver, Canada, revealed unique scene did not last long – the penguin, realising the situation, soon hopped off the sheet of ice.

He said: “Two crabeaters mating was amazing to see – but two crabeaters mating on a small piece of ice with a penguin observing was something I couldn’t even make up.”

With this being his first voyage of the season, David was happy just to capture any seal imagery.

A penguin intrudes on a pair of cuddling seals

A penguin intrudes on a pair of cuddling seals

But the inclusion of the inquisitive penguin was a welcome addition.

He added: “Luckily everything fell into place this day.

“The key to photography is making it interesting, making the viewer want to spend a few extra seconds observing the image, and not just flicking past it or whatever – that’s difficult a lot of the time.

Awkward penguin

Awkward penguin

“Fortunately I get to spend a lot of time in Antarctica where very few people get to visit, photographing wildlife and landscape that are very unique and photogenic.

“Luckily this image, once people realize the situation, passes the interesting test.

“Sex sells, I guess.”