Since taking to the waves in 2014, Guirec Soudee has become closer than ever with his ship mate – a hen called Monique

If you think of ‘man’s best friend’, you may imagine four legs and a damp nose – but one sailor is showing that his pal is of the feathered variety.

Guirec Soudee has been sailing the world for two years accompanied by his pet HEN Monique – and he says they get along famously.

The 24-year-old Frenchman began his round the world trip in May 2014, but it’s only recently that the unlikely duo have attracted the attention of the French media thanks to their light-hearted Instagram and Facebook pages .

Far from his home of Brittany, Mr Soudee says that he picked up Monique in the Canary Islands and instantly felt a connection.

“She was only about four or five months old then, and had never left the Canary Islands. I didn’t speak any Spanish and she didn’t speak any French, but we got along,” he told the BBC.

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After starting from Monique’s home, they sailed to St Bart’s in the Caribbean before moving into the Arctic last August.

The next part of the trip will take the pair through the Arctic and down the Bering Strait towards Alaska.

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Mr Soudee says he knew he wanted to take a pet, but dismissed the usual before settling on a hen.

It doesn’t need that much looking after and I’m able to get eggs at sea. People told me it wouldn’t work, that the hen would be too stressed and wouldn’t lay eggs.

“But there was no problem, she laid eggs straight away. She adapted to it perfectly – she was very comfortable very quickly.”

Monique’s six eggs a week are helping keep Mr Soudee healthy in his travels on board the 11.8-metre (39ft) boat, named Yvinec after the island where the sailor grew up.

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The hen is often seen prowling the deck, unless the weather worsens and then she’s stowed away safely in her hutch.

There was a brief moment when quarantine rules threatened to split the pair in Canada, but they escaped safely.

Mr Soudee, currently moored in Western Greenland, says it wouldn’t be the same without her: “She follows me everywhere, and doesn’t create any problems.

If you think of ‘man’s best friend’, you may imagine four legs and a damp nose – but one sailor is showing that his pal is of the feathered variety.

Guirec Soudee has been sailing the world for two years accompanied by his pet HEN Monique – and he says they get along famously.

The 24-year-old Frenchman began his round the world trip in May 2014, but it’s only recently that the unlikely duo have attracted the attention of the French media thanks to their light-hearted Instagram and Facebook pages .

Far from his home of Brittany, Mr Soudee says that he picked up Monique in the Canary Islands and instantly felt a connection.

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“She was only about four or five months old then, and had never left the Canary Islands. I didn’t speak any Spanish and she didn’t speak any French, but we got along,” he told the BBC .

After starting from Monique’s home, they sailed to St Bart’s in the Caribbean before moving into the Arctic last August.

The next part of the trip will take the pair through the Arctic and down the Bering Strait towards Alaska.

Mr Soudee says he knew he wanted to take a pet, but dismissed the usual before settling on a hen.

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It doesn’t need that much looking after and I’m able to get eggs at sea. People told me it wouldn’t work, that the hen would be too stressed and wouldn’t lay eggs.

“But there was no problem, she laid eggs straight away. She adapted to it perfectly – she was very comfortable very quickly.”

Monique’s six eggs a week are helping keep Mr Soudee healthy in his travels on board the 11.8-metre (39ft) boat, named Yvinec after the island where the sailor grew up.

The hen is often seen prowling the deck, unless the weather worsens and then she’s stowed away safely in her hutch.

There was a brief moment when quarantine rules threatened to split the pair in Canada, but they escaped safely.

Mr Soudee, currently moored in Western Greenland, says it wouldn’t be the same without her: “She follows me everywhere, and doesn’t create any problems.

“All I need to do is shout ‘Monique!’ and she will come to me, sit on me, give me company. She is amazing.

“But I won’t lie, she can get on my nerves sometimes.”