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Diver Catches Close Encounter with a Friendly Seal Asking for a Belly Rub

This video was originally made in 2014, but it’s regaining its popularity. In the video, you can see the close encounter between an Atlantic gray seal in Great Britain’s Scilly Isles and diver Gary Grayson. The seal sees Gary, swims up to him and touches its nose to his.

When Gary was approached by the seal, he wasn’t scared at all. Then the seal did something  unexpected! He flipped over, pulled Gary’s hand towards its stomach and asked for a belly rub.

“It really shows how sweet, curious and dog-like seals are,”says Ally McMillan, CEO of Seal Rescue Island.

Gary has swam with dolphins, sharks and crocodiles, but this 3-minute video with the seal is his favorite adventure.

“I’m usually the one with the camera but when I saw everyone had taken a shine to this seal I said “you film, I want a go. I have been diving with seals before and had them buzzing around you before but I’ve never had one that stayed so close for that amount of time and was so friendly. It was amazing and something I’ll never forget – I have the video on my phone now and watch it all the time. In fact, I’ve probably bored all my friends going on about it,” explains Garry.

Nothing can brighten up your day as a gray seal and a belly rub!


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