Video: Baby Sea Lion Hops on Boat to Cuddle with Sailor

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A man sailing his boat in Newport Beach, Calif. got the surprise of a lifetime when a baby sea lion swam around his boat, jumped onboard and snuggled up next to him.

J.R. Gilkinson was two miles off the coast when the tiny creature decided to be extra friendly.

In the video, the sea lion can be seen swimming close to the boat. This was exciting enough, but it got even more extraordinary when the sea lion disappeared from sight.

They thought he was just going under the boat, but before they knew it, he was hopping onboard through the back of the boat.

Once onboard, he sniffed around a bit before settling next to Gilkinson's leg.

"It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had," he said.

The baby stayed on the boat for at least an hour.

"I appreciated every second because I didn't know how long it was going to last. He wanted to come rest on me. So we let him," Gilkinson said.

The sea lion not only cuddled up to him, he nuzzled him with his nose and seemed to enjoy being petted and scratched.

Gilkinson uploaded the encounter onto YouTube on May 19, and it has been viewed more than 300,000 times since.

Sources: NY Daily News, YouTube