Seal Was Trying to Say Something to Diver, When He Didn’t Understand – It Grabbed His Hand
Two scuba divers went for a dive as usual in the cool waters of the Isles of Scilly, where they expected the marvelous sights they would usually encounter during such an activity.
During the dive, the two diver buddies caught sight of something uncanny that was not exactly a hidden treasure from a shipwreck. Although the coral reef and ocean flaura and fauna were such unique sights to behold, Grayson and his diving partner had to stop in their tracks in amusement of something far more interesting for them at the time.
The two divers did what they had to do: nothing. Scuba divers are taught to give sea creatures the space and the leeway to continue as they are in any circumstance, especially since they are in their natural habitat. Disturbing these creatures could lead to an unpleasant end for the diver, and not the animal. So Grayson and his buddy decided to stay as calm as they could upon seeing the seals approaching.
Stay Calm, Don’t Move
As the seals approached them, the two divers tried their best to remain calm amidst the threatening situation. While the situation seemed daunting for the two buddies, they saw the opportunity to film a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence so they took their camera out to record the events unfolding right before their eyes.
Diving Into The Unpredictable
The ocean is the largest natural ecosystem in the world, and it’s no big surprise to know that it holds so many secrets and unpredictabilities. There is still a myriad of wonders hidden in this body of water that humans have yet to discover, so each dive is an opportunity to explore new possibilities and witness fascinating events.
A Footage Taken To Keep You In Awe
The two divers were fortunate to have one another during that particular moment, as it was an opportunity for one to capture everything on film while the other distracts the seals and observes their every move. Neither of them could have imagined how awe-struck viewers of this footage would become, leading the video to be shared and viewed on YouTube by millions!
During the seals’ approach, the two divers eventually realized that these two were baby seals. Knowing this made them both realize that it was even more important to keep still.
The two divers saw that this was an opportunity of a lifetime, so they took the opportunity to get footage of these amazing sea creatures up close. Fortunately, the pups seemed to have sensed that they meant no harm and eventually got comfortable around Grayson and his friend, going around them in circles as if performing a show for them.
A Dive Like No Other
Knowing that seals have a reputation of either being friendly and curious or indifferent and skittish, Grayson and his friend had to be careful as things could have gone bad if they made even just a single mistake. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, yes–but they also had to be cautious for their safety.
Pups Like Puppies
Between the « friendly and curious » and « indifferent and skittish » types, the two seals were eventually found to be more of the former than the latter, and this was a good thing for the divers. The way they circled around Grayson and his friend were non-threatening, and they seemed to get even friendlier as they came closer. It was both a nerve-wracking and exciting encounter for the two divers, but a huge sense of relief flooded over them knowing that things turned out for the better.
As Close As Possible
What happened next was so unbelievable that Grayson and his friend were dumbfounded! The pups seemed to be so fascinated with the encounter that they were in such close proximity with the divers. Just like humans, seals are often cautious around unknown objects to protect themselves so this was such an amazing and thrilling experience for the two divers.
Befriending A Stranger
Imagine the divers’ surprise when the seals not only came up close, but began interacting with them as well! One of the seals approached Grayson in what seems like an attempt to hold hands. The nudging gesture continued and it was looking as if the seal wanted to form a circle with the two divers.
Sealing The Deal And Taking The Lead
After what seemed like an affirmation of a new friendship formed, the seal took this as a sign to continue playing with the divers and took Grayson’s arms. Since it was an encounter like they’ve never had before, the two divers decided to just go with the flow and gave the seals the leeway to take the lead.
An Uncanny Experience
During dives with the intention of exploring and studying wildlife creatures, it would normally take days before professional divers can gain the trust of seals or any other animal for that matter. They had to assure these animals that they are non-threatening creatures and they try to normalize their presence around the sea animals to prove that they mean no harm.
A Supposedly Aggressive Behavior
Getting too close is usually a sign of aggression for seals, but fortunately enough for the two divers, they were able to present a non-threatening aura to the seals that the cute pudgy creatures decided to play with them instead. One of the seals nudged Grayson’s arm and nibbled on his diving suit playfully–all this while the two friends floated in awe.
A Whole New World
Swimming gracefully with these humans around, the seals seemed so comfortable and open to the divers that one would think they had been friends for quite a while now. The pups were so much in their element which added to their easiness, as swimming freely in the water was so much different from dragging their rotund bodies on land with their flippers.
As what also happens to humans at times, the seal went against the norm and swam up to Grayson and his friend the moment he saw them. Upon making sure that the divers were friendly creatures, the seal deduced that it was probably safe to go on and play with them.
A Puppy-Like Pup
After seeing the seal enjoying nuzzling on his arm for quite a while now, Grayson soon realized that it must like the feeling and scratched the seal’s neck and head as if it were an actual puppy from land. Grayson had guessed right as the seal allowed him to keep doing this for a while.
After a generous amount of time with the sea creatures, Grayson and his friend were curious about how much longer they can continue to play with the seals. So the two decided to just make the most out of the amazing experience, as this was something they probably wouldn’t encounter ever again–much more so, take a video of.
Confusion On Grayson’s End
Grayson kept scratching the seal’s neck in an attempt to keep it calm, but it kept on inching closer and closer towards the ground as if signaling something he wanted to do. All the while it kept on nibbling at Grayson’s diving suit, urging him to do something, but it remained a mystery to him what exactly this something was.
The pup eventually laid on its back, and this made it clear to Grayson that it was looking for a belly rub. The diver did such a good job petting the seal that it wanted him to continue doing so, this time at a more comfortable position and area. How adorable!
Enjoying Its Belly Rub
Grayson must be an expert at rubbing bellies as the seal was excitedly flapping its flippers in what seemed like an attempt to commend the diver at how good the belly-rubbing was! It was such an adorable sight to see, and something you definitely won’t see every day.
Diving Turned Into A Play Date
Once the pup had enough of the belly rubs, he swam back up and let Grayson rub and scratch its chin this time. This particular seal seemed to be a big fan of rubbing as he can be seen smiling on the video as he enjoyed Grayson’s scratches! It was enough to make anyone melt!
The Companion’s Turn
While the seal was biting Grayson’s hand, the concern on his face seemed apparent on the video as this gesture could also potentially be dangerous. However, the seal’s nibbles seemed gentle enough so he decided to just let it be as it only wanted to play.
Time To Go
As with anything else, this encounter had to come to an end. The first seal decided that it already had enough fun and games with its new friends, and swam away while its diver friend continued to scratch his coat–but not without a look of satisfaction and gratitude for the belly rubs it received from Grayson. The second seal followed suit and everyone knew that playtime was finally over.
In no time, the video reached international audiences and various media outlets asked Grayson about this unique experience underwater. He told them that he was « absolutely loving » every moment of the encounter, albeit the nerve-wracking feeling he got during the first few minutes of it.
Exploring A Different World
The situation was not something that was easy to handle, so it was a blessing for Grayson and his friend to have dealt with it the right way, leading to such admirable results. « We were told just to sit on the bottom of the kelp but the more still we were the more inquisitive this seal was because we were in their world, » Grayson shared.
An Experience Like No Other
While Grayson was an experienced diver, this experience at the Isles of Scilly that fateful day was like nothing he has ever encountered before in all his diving expeditions.
An Adrenaline-Pumping Experience
The two divers were initially stunned to see the seals approaching them, but it was only because they never expected the sea creatures to come up and play with them. Grayson shares with M.E.N., « I’m not one to frighten easy. »