Stand up and cheer for Oscar winner MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, who came splashing out of the Malibu surf in his black wetsuit after spotting six late-teen kids harassing a baby seal that had beached itself, cruelly poking the sea creature with their feet – and a stick!
Bellowed Matthew: “BACK OFF – and I’m not going to ask you a second time!”
Stunned at realizing the guy rousting them was the star of “Dallas Buyers Club,” the teens listened open-mouthed as he harangued them with a long lecture on respecting wildlife.
Said an eyewitness: “Matthew told the kids the seal wasn’t hurt, it was resting and sunning itself – and that young pups do this all the time while the mother seals swim close by until they’re ready to re-enter the sea.
After a 20-minute lecture on sea life, the kids were so anxious to get away that they didn’t even bother to ask the star to pose for a photo.
One of the boys said, ‘I wanted to ask him to do a selfie, but I was afraid he’d just keep talking!’ Even after the boys left, McConaughey wound up sitting a few yards from the seal for about a half-hour until it slipped back into the ocean to join its momma!”