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VIDEO: Dinner guest

During a whale-watching tour off New South Wales, Australia, photographer Robyn Malcolm captured a series of photos she turned into a slideshow of an odd pairing — a seal catching a ride on the back of a humpback whale.

"Humpbacks force fish into very tight bait balls, that means everyone can dart through the inside or the middle — anything that makes it easier to catch fish, seals will be involved," Geoff Ross, a whale expert with NSW National Parks and Wildlife, told the Brisbane Times.

The September-October period is prime whale-watching season a few hundred miles south of Sydney in Eden and Narooma, where there is often an upwelling of humpbacks feeding and resting as they make their way back to Antarctica.