They are better known for wallowing in swamps rather than their surfing skills but this hippo clearly had a whale of a time splashing around in the ocean.
Spotted in the water near the holiday town of Ballito, near Durban in South Africa, the rare sighting of a hippo catching some waves fascinated residents and wildlife experts alike.
The hippo was spotted swimming in the sea in the South African holiday town of Ballito
The hippo even strayed onto the sand to catch a few rays on the beach at Thompson's Bay and then moved into the water for the afternoon.
Lionel van Schoor from KZN Wildlife says that they have been observing this hippo further north, in Richards Bay and he says it has been moving south for the past two months.
It is thought that the lone young male hippo has wandered from its habitat in Richards Bay
The hippo's life is at risk as he moves further south because he is coming closer to humans and may run out of food
'The animal walks along the beach foraging for food and when he comes across a rocky outcrop he simply goes for a swim in the sea' says Mr Van Schoor.
He could not confirm the sex but did say, 'He is thought to be a young bull, but no one knows for sure.'
The KZN Wildlife Organisation says they are doing whatever they can to protect and preserve this animal.
But they said that darting and relocation was not an option.
'Hippos don't take well to darting' Mr van Schoor explains, 'they die of stress and this one would drown if we darted her in the water, and if we tried to dart her on the beach, she would run into the water for safety and again drown when the drug takes effect.'
The hippo was swimming dangerously close to the shore and even wandered around the beach in between swims
Hippos are usually captured using passive methods such as monitoring paths that they use regularly and setting up enclosures to lure them into.
But Mr Van Schoor says that this hippo's only hope is to stop moving South.
He added: 'If the hippo moves any further south there is huge risk, he is moving into residential areas and towards Durban where food for the hippo will become a problem'.
Hippos are considered to be one of the most dangerous and aggressive of all animals and with this one coming into contact with humans and domestic animals, it could soon become a problem.
Sadly If the hippo does not retrace his own steps and move back north, KZN says there is little hope for him.
"It is a matter of waiting and hoping." says Mr Van Schoor.
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