SNOOZY the baby seal has become a show stealer after arriving in the world at a Hartlepool attraction.
Common seals are now being born at the Greatham Creek colony and Snoozy was the first of the lot.
To mark the event, the RSPB is holding its Date with Nature seal watch along the Tees estuary.
And as the new arrival spent much of its first few hours fast asleep, staff and volunteers at the seal viewing point christened it Snoozy.
A video of the snoozing seal is now delighting fans click to view
And seal fans can also watch another video, also taken at Greatham Creek, of a seal mum protecting its pup from a nosey neighbour who risks getting too close to the newcomer.
Craig McNeil, the RSPB’s information assistant helping visitors find out more about Greatham Creek’s cutest residents, said: “The birth of the tiny seal pup on the very first day of this year’s Date with Nature certainly gave us something to talk about.
“Visitors only had to take one look at those enormous brown eyes and you could almost see their hearts melting.
“The seal pups are always hugely popular with our visitors – but Snoozy definitely stole the show.
Date with Nature runs from Wednesday to Sunday until September 30, from 11am to 6pm.
Greatham Creek is on the A178 between Seaton Carew and Port Clarence.
As the seals don’t like seeing cars parked on the roadside, visitors should park in the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve car park.
The seal viewpoint is a 600ft walk from the car park along a footpath, leading up to the new seal-viewing platform.
The path is suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs.