Gary Grayson, 55, is a thrill-seeker from Salford, UK. While diving in 2014, however, he had an unexpected encounter just off the Isles of Scilly that has stayed with him to this day: an Atlantic grey seal that “asked” him for a belly rub! In the video below, the seal seems to reach for Grayson’s hand, and then is pleased by the affection that follows.


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“This grey seal came across and had five minutes with me, kind of thing. Then another was climbing up my leg,” Grayson told M.E.N. “I’m an experienced diver but I have never known anything like that… I tend to live life on the edge. But this was certainly up there with anything I have ever done.”

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Gary couldn’t believe his eyes when a grey seal swam up to him and “asked” for a belly rub

Soon the seal was on cloud-nine, forgetting all his problems at work and troubles at home

“This grey seal came across and had five minutes with me, kind of thing”

“I’m an experienced diver but I have never known anything like that”

“People ask why I go diving… this is why”

Watch the full video below: