Seal-fie! These are the hilarious photographs of a photobombing seal

Talk about a seal-fie! These are the hilarious photographs of a photobombing seal.

The cheeky leopard seal pops into the frame of one of Alexandre Voyers photographs

The cheeky leopard seal pops into the frame of one of Alexandre Voyers photographs

The stunning pictures were taken by a team of French divers who dived down with the cheeky leopard seal who swam up close and personal to the camera.

The pictures were taken by underwater photographer Alexandre Voyer, 37, during a French expedition to Antarctica organised by sailing enthusiast Gilles Rigaud.

The leopard seal swims around Alexandre Voyer, getting up close and personal

The leopard seal swims around Alexandre Voyer, getting up close and personal

He said: “The leopard seals are very dangerous animals but our skipper told us that he had great times playing with them.

“They are big mammals but they’re also very curious about us – these are wild animals and aren’t used to seeing any humans so we have to approach them with a lot of respect.

The leopard seal swims around Alexandre Voyer, getting up close and personal

The leopard seal swims around Alexandre Voyer, getting up close and personal

“It was great to see them asserting their authority but when they realised we were only poor swimmers and weren’t a danger, they began to be a bit more playful and familiar with us.”

Alexandre now works in sound-editing for television commercials but grew up in French Polynesia and has always been fascinated by the sea.

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Alexandre trains almost every day, either in his local swimming pool in Paris or freediving in the sea.

He said: “You have to be in good shape to do this sort of thing – for the moment, I’m training with athletes in Paris pools.”