Check out this adorable seal enjoying the sunshine at Sunderland's Roker Beach

This adorable seal was spotted basking in the winter sun at Roker Beach.

Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 3:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 4:35 pm
The cute seal at Roker Beach taken by Robert Hutchinson.

Robert Hutchinson, 27, captured this brilliant snap of the little seal enjoying a rest on the sand on Monday morning.

Robert, who works at Sue's Cafe on Marine Walk, Roker, had heard from a passerby that the seal was on the beach and decided to head down to check that it was OK.

He said: "It was around 10am when I heard from one of the bin men that he had come down and seen it.

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"I went down to see it and it just seemed like it was relaxing and getting a bit of sun.

"I made sure no dogs were pestering it and that saw that there were a few people about looking over it."

He added: "I have seen a couple before but usually they are on the steps of the pier I had never seen one that close before as it had come quite far in.

"It was quite cute and really made my day."

A Sunderland City Council spokesman said: "Resting seals are not uncommon on our city’s beaches.

"If you do see a seal on the beach, it is best to give it some space and keep well away – more than 150ft is best.

"And please keep dogs as far away as possible."