There's a seal in County Wicklow, Ireland that for the past four years has done the same thing many humans do—go to a restaurant for most of its meals. Alan Hegarty told the BBC that after opening his restaurant in 2012, the seal started to make an appearance. The employees started feeding him fish, and soon the seal, named Sammy, was a up to three meals a day.
But even that wasn't enough for him. No longer content to wait for his daily feedings, Sammy the seal has started leaping up onto the pavement and eagerly waddling to the shop. "He appeared a week or two after I opened the chip shop, but it's only recently he's started jumping out of the sea and crossing the road," Hegarty said. Sammy's eager stomach prompts the crew to sometimes shoo him off with a chair, which barely works.
Maybe it's easier to find fish on land than in the water these days.
The restaurant crew only feeds the seal about three kilos of fish total per day versus what Hegarty said is the standard ten a seal requires. The restaurant has also started to toss out more fish, as another seal has joined Sammy in fast-food dining experience.
Around Valentine's Day, a lady seal began accompanying Sammy to his meals. "She obviously wasn't a one night stand," Hagerty said of the yet-unnamed seal. "When I go to feed them Sammy steps back so I can feed her first, he's a proper gentleman." Sounds like these two may be in it for the long haul of easy living.