Emirates Team New Zealand almost had another "barker" on board yesterday.

But this would-be crew member bore no resemblance to the team's former skipper, Dean Barker who stood at the helm until 2015.

Instead, it was a curious seal.

The seal leapt out of the water when the catamaran was foiling during training on the Waitemata Harbour.

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When Chris Cameron snapped the photo, the marine animal was almost directly in line with the sail of the boat.