THIS unusual visitor was caught soaking up the sun amid soaring temperatures on Wearside.
The grey seal was spotted making the most of the Indian summer off Roker beach, to the delight of visitors.
And the creature – snapped by Echo reader DJ De La Vega – isn’t the only one enjoying the unseasonal weather.
The sunshine is expected to last throughout the weekend, with temperatures of up to 24°C (75°F) predicted.
The Indian summer has seen barbecues flying out of supermarkets as Wearsiders prepared to enjoy the hottest start to October in years.
Beaches at Roker and Seaburn are set to be packed – but bathers are being warned that there will be no lifeguards on duty this weekend.
Coun John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for safer city and culture, said: “Beach Lifeguards will not be on patrol this weekend as they have finished their seasonal employment.
“However, we are very fortunate to have Sunderland Coast Watch, based at the Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade watch house in Roker, who will monitor the coast.
“Sunderland Coastguard will also be patrolling the local coastline.
In-land, national trust attractions have been preparing for a busy 48 hours, while the roads in the region are also expected to see a bigger volume of traffic than normal.
Thomas Kingston, six, and brother Alex, five, were up early in Durham to enjoy a stunning sunrise and are looking forward to enjoying the soaring temperatures before heading back to school on Monday.