The West Australian
Paddlers enjoying their Christmas break at North Cottesloe beach were joined by an unexpected visitor on Friday morning.
A friendly seal decided to tag along with the group, jumping out of the water alongside them.
Local swimmer Ben Martin captured the playful interaction on camera.
The water was a welcome sight for many on Friday as the temperature reached almost 37C.
The hot weather is expected to continue in the lead-up to Christmas with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a top of 39C for Saturday, 35C Sunday, 34C for Christmas Eve and 33C on Christmas day.