Dorset, a county in South West England, has a new local celebrity and it’s a seal named Sammy. For some mysterious reason, this adorable seal is extremely friendly and outgoing, and thousands of people are absolutely head over heels for him.

Looking through photos capturing this cute creature, it almost starts to seem as if Sammy has the personality of a little puppy. He looks like he’s constantly smiling and he loves to pop up on people unexpectedly. Besides, Sammy constantly tries to get onto people’s surfboards.

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Sammy first appeared on Weymouth Beach during the peak of quarantine

Image credits: Will Badman Photography

These photos were taken by a photographer named Will Badman who found out about Sammy after seeing a few pictures of him on Facebook. “I thought I would drive over to Weymouth, which is about an hour from me, to see if I could get some photos of Sammy as it’s something different to add to my profile,” Will told Bored Panda.

When the beach became crowded again, Sammy was determined to find friends

Image credits: Will Badman Photography

Turns out, Sammy first appeared on this beach during the peak of quarantine. At the time, the beach was very quiet and peaceful since most people were spending time at home, so it was the perfect place for him to fish and rest.

Sammy the seal absolutely loves to pop up on people unexpectedly

Image credits: Will Badman Photography

“Sammy is a cheeky young seal and the expressions on his face are funny,” the photographer Will Badman told Bored Panda. “I have had great feedback from the photos and people like to see them, but you’ve got to remember that Sammy is a wild animal and we have to give him space and if he pops up in the sea in front of you as he does in my photos, it is best to get out the sea and give him the space he needs.”

“Sammy is a cheeky young seal and the expressions on his face are funny”

Image credits: Will Badman Photography

“Sammy has a habit of popping up on people unexpectedly and tries to get onto their surfboard, kayak, or on people’s back as they are swimming,” the photographer told The Dodo. “[He] seems to love the cameras… when he comes onto the beach to rest.”

“If Sammy is on the beach, please keep your distance and let him rest”

Image credits: Will Badman Photography

“I started learning photography in January 2017, we got a Military base near me and they do an Air Show every year and started taking photos and it progressed from there,” the photographer Will Badman told us. “I love taking photos of nature, landscapes, family events, long exposures at night. I have done a couple of weddings, but I also take photos for a lot of charity events for the organizers to help raise funds for the charities.”

A group of volunteers are watching over Sammy to protect him

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“Well worth getting up at 4 am today to get the sunrise and to try and see Sammy the seal,” Badman wrote in his Facebook post

Image credits: Will Badman Photography

Here’s how people feel about Sammy and these adorable photos capturing him