A person taking video of a sleeping seal in Hawaii captured the moment the creature startled itself awake with a sneezing fit.

The video, posted to YouTube by user BadfishHawaii, shows a Hawaiian monk seal napping peacefully near the shoreline.

The seal is abruptly roused by a sneeze so forceful it appears as if a small cloud is emerging from its mouth and nose.

The large sneeze is followed by several smaller sneezes, culminating in the seal swiftly going back to sleep as if nothing had ever happened.