A British scuba diver who regularly documents his interactions with seals recently reshared footage of one of his most treasured moments with his underwater pals.
In the touching video, filmed by underwater cameraman Ben Burville, a grey seal can be seen holding the diver’s hand close to its chest. The friendly seal then proceeds to sniff Burville’s hood, who encourages him to take his other hand instead.
Burville, who works as a medical doctor in the coastal town of Amble, Northumberland, has built up a rapport with seals in the area after two decades diving among them.
Burville recently pinned the video, originally shot in 2012, to the top of his Twitter account. Of his interactions underwater, Burville has previously commented, “Watching the playful behavior of seals it is easy to liken them to ‘underwater dogs’ however, it must be kept in mind that these are wild seals, not pets.”
He added, “I have dived with, observed and filmed grey seals for over 20 years and over this period they have helped show me how to dive with them in a way that they feel very relaxed.” Credit: Ben Burville via Storyful