Friday 2 December 2016

WATCH - 'Sammy the Seal' takes a daring journey out of the water to visit his favourite seafood restaurant

Sasha Brady

Published 13/03/2016 | 14:30

Sammy the Seal waits for the cars to pass before crossing the road.
Sammy the Seal waits for the cars to pass before crossing the road.

A video has gone viral of a stubborn seal who refuses to leave the middle of a seafront road until staff at a local seafood restaurant feed him treats.

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The seal, referred to as Sammy by locals, visits The Fishman shop three times a day to feast on treats such as herring and mackerel.

Wicklow's Sammy the Seal embarks on his journey.
Wicklow's Sammy the Seal embarks on his journey.

In footage that was shared online, a member of staff can be seen trying to reason with Sammy to get back into the water but the whiskered sea creature only obliges when a slice of tasty fish is tossed into the quay first.

The video sees Sammy shuffling and bellyflopping across a main street, waiting patiently until a car passes.

Sammy the Seal is encouraged to return back into the water by an employee from The Fishman in Wicklow Town.
Sammy the Seal is encouraged to return back into the water by an employee from The Fishman in Wicklow Town.

While he's waiting, a member of staff walks outside with a chair to encourage the marine mammal to return to the sea, away from the road.

The employee orders: 'Move on, come on please, back in the water. Sammy go home', but the seal does not budge.

Sammy used to wait at the water's edge for locals to feed him but has since upped the ante and seeks his own food by leaving the water at least three times a day.

Sometimes the employees give him fish but at other times they shoo the cheeky seal back into the sea, knowing that the determined little mammal will try his luck again soon.

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