This is the tender moment when a seal emerged from the sea to share a kiss with a canine – on Valentine’s Day.
The brief encounter was captured by mum-of-two Wendy Pike as she took a walk along Scarborough Beach, North Yorks, with daughter Trinity Hamlet, 15, and her Great Dane, Lula.
Artist Wendy, who lives in Scarborough, said: “I was lucky enough to have my phone in my hand and capture this awe inspiring moment.
“It was such a beautiful moment and, despite walking my dog on the beach every day, one I have never seen before and one I imagine I will never see again.
“It wasn’t my dog that approached the seal, it was another dog who was also out on his morning walk.
“His owner was also enthralled. It was magnificent.”
Seals and dogs actually come from the same group of animals known as caniformes – which literally means dog-like.