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August 4, 2014 5:12 PM EDT

Two guys were out surfing off the coast of northern England when a seal pup decided to join in on the fun — so it hopped right up onto one of their boards, the BBC reports.

The seal played with the surfers for about an hour, and it appears to have made a valiant effort to learn how to surf despite some difficulty remaining balanced.

“It kept sliding off,” one of the surfers, Matthew Stanley, told the BBC. “But every time you caught a wave it would surf in on the white water.”

The whole thing was pretty presumptuous, actually, but luckily the seal was cute enough to pull it off.

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