This is the moment a rotund seal is seen rocking back and forth on an ice floe in what looks like a bizarre exercise routine before it gives up and flops into the water.
The hilarious scenes were recorded n the waters of the Kola Bay – a fjord of the Barents Sea – in the city of Murmansk in the far north-western Russian region of Murmansk Oblast by amused onlookers.
In the clip, the large seal can be seen on a small ice floe when it begins rocking its body back and forth.
The seal continues its bizarre display as onlookers can be heard laughing. The rotund animal appears to tire itself out before moving to the edge of the floe and casually dropping into the water to more laughs from those recording.
Ice floes are still visible in the area despite rising spring temperatures, with July the only month of the year in which it does not snow in the city.
Murmansk is home to the northernmost aquarium in Europe, where several different species of seals can be seen, but the facility is currently closed in Russia’s coronavirus lockdown.
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Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
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