Look who has flipped into Sunderland for the Tall Ships Races

Sunderland's ongoing Tall Ships Races have attracted spectators via car, bus and train.

But this welcome visitor has chosen another route by swimming into town.

Our Tall Ships Races visitor.

Our Tall Ships Races visitor.

Thanks to Rachel Thomspon and daughter Olivia Robson, from Whitburn, for sending us these pictures and video of the seal they spotted at Roker Pier on Wednesday.

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Also read: Live blog from day three of Sunderland's Tall Ships Races

Thanks to Rachel Thompson and Olivia Robson for these pictures from Roker Pier.

Thanks to Rachel Thompson and Olivia Robson for these pictures from Roker Pier.