AN adorable seal lapped up the attention of his human admirers while lounging about on a beach.

Residents living in Frinton were treated to the heartwarming sight of a relaxing marine mammal on Tuesday.

The cute seal was discovered after it had washed on the sand, before a coastguard crew carefully returned it to the sea.

But, before long, the fin-fitted create had wiggled back to shore, where it continued show off and play-up to the crowd.

Photographer Keith Spears, of Fourth Avenue, Frinton, said:"A seal washed up on Frinton beach and the local sea rescue service keeping a watchful eye on the seal.

"The seal was safely returned to the sea a few minutes later but after a few minutes in the sea decided to return back to the beach."