Seal Pup Plays Hide-And-Seek With Curious Labrador

A video from 2013 shows Mischa, a 13-year-old yellow Labrador retriever playing hide-and-seek with a little seal pup that was swimming around in the River Thames near Greenwich, South East London in England. 

Whether you prefer to call them dog mermaids, sea puppies, or dogs of the sea, there is certainly no denying that seals bear a resemblance to man’s best friend on land. One 13-year-old yellow Labrador by the name of Mischa shared an incredible interaction with a little seal pup that was swimming around in the River Thames in a game of hide-and-seek.

The sea dog and land dog's curiosity for one another blossomed into a new friendship. Not seconds after their first meeting does the little seal start playfully coming up and under from the water teasing Mischa, a la whack-a-mole. 

While the exact ancestral link is unknown and widely debated, science can and does tell us that both dogs and seals are members of the same taxonomic suborder of the animal kingdom. Seals, sea lions, and walruses are all considered pinnipeds and belong to the suborder Caniformia (meaning “doglike”). Other caniforms include bears, weasels, pandas, raccoons, and – you guessed it – dogs!

It's been more than seven years so it's safe to say that Mischa has crossed the rainbow bridge. Thanks to Mischa's owner, Nicola White, we get to watch a wonderful moment in Mischa's life immortalized in a video.

Have you ever seen a dog and seal interacting in real life? Let us know how that went down in the comments and be sure to pass this along to your loved ones.