A young fur seal caught up on some sleep on the shore at Mt Maunganui yesterday, pleasing onlookers.
This time of year, seals frequently take a break along the shoreline of the Bay of Plenty from the rough winter seas, but they do not often choose one of the busiest parts of one of the country's busiest beaches.
In fact, fur seals aren't uncommon in the area throughout the year.
In December, a pup invited itself into Annette Swoffer's Welcome Bay home and on to her sofa for a lie down. The seal was videoed by a shocked Mrs Swoffer resting its head against the arm rest - perhaps worn out from causing more mischief at another house 5km away that day before squeezing through her cat door.