“Landon, if you're watching this video, I'm sorry about your boat mate.”
Two massive sea lions are making waves online and offshore after they were filmed lounging on a boat near Olympia, Washington.
Professional soccer player Josh Phillips and his friend were taking a boat ride Tuesday afternoon near The Evergreen State College when they saw another boat anchored in the waters of Eld Inlet, at the southern end of Puget Sound.
As they approached the boat, the pair noticed that something was slightly amiss.
Phillips told the Olympian:
“It looked a little off and we got closer and closer and realized there were two massive animals on board.”
Phillips, who is the owner and president of Spawn Fly Fish, is no stranger to marine life—he has frequently seen orcas and gray whales, but this is the first time he’s ever seen sea lions just hanging out like that on a boat. He said:
“I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Since posting video of the rare sight to his Instagram account on Tuesday, the video has racked up over a million views.
In a separate video posted to YouTube that was shot from the shore, a third sea lion can be seen bobbing around the boat and attempting to climb onboard before the pair turns it away.
In the video’s caption, the uploader said:
“Landon, if you’re watching this video, I’m sorry about your boat mate.”