A 2014 video of a diver giving a belly rub to an appreciative seal is seeing regained popularity thanks to a writeup this weekend in The Dodo.
The underwater footage shows diver Gary Grayson encountering an Atlantic gray seal in Great Britain’s Scilly Isles, according the video’s description on YouTube.
The seal swam up to Gary and touched its nose to his.
But when diver Gary Grayson was approached by a curious seal while diving in the Scilly Isles he wasn’t afraid or worried about being attacked.
Because he was just as curious about the little critter as the critter was about him.
Next thing you know the seal did something totally unexpected, he flipped over took hold of it and slowly pulled it to its stomach and asked Gary to rub his belly!
“It really shows how sweet, curious and dog-like seals are,” Ally McMillan, CEO of Seal Rescue Island, told the Huffington Post.
On his trips, he has swam with crocodiles, dolphins and sharks.
But he insists that the almost three-minute-clip is the souvenir he treasures the most.
He said: ‘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.’
Sometimes, there’s nothing like a gray seal to brighten up a gray day!