Somebody just wants his tummy tickled! Diver catches close encounter with friendly seal on underwater camera


A scuba diver had a close encounter with a friendly seal during a week-long holiday on the Isle of Scilly.

Gary Grayson, 55, from Salford, Greater Manchester, went on his adventure with the Dive Life group.

The seal was not nervous by the close attention and even allowed Mr Grayson to tickle its stomach.

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.

As well as rubbing the seal’s chest, the wild animal allowed Mr Grayson to stroke him under the chin

Mr Grayson said he is now semi-retired after selling his haulage firm.

Although, he has always been a bit of a thrill-seeker.

‘I first got into diving after skydiving – I even skydived into my own wedding back in the eighties.

‘I’ve now been lucky to dive all over the world after I took semi-retirement and decided to have some fun.

‘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!