Momoa the visiting seal puts on a show in Whakatane

Momoa, the visiting elephant seal has found a new friend in Whakatane.

The one-ton young male has been staying in the salt marsh near the Whakatane Yacht Club for more than a week now.

And according to Whakatane man Jim Williamson, he's apparently been looking for love over the last few days.

It led to a close encounter between the elephant seal and Jim's Ute.

He says the seal gave the Ute a few cuddles, entertaining the crowd.

Emma Griffiths