A diver off the coast of northern England shared wonderful footage of a seal arriving on camera on cue after he clicked and twirled his fingers, trying to attract the attention of the marine mammal.
Ben Burville, a scuba diver who works as a doctor in the coastal town of Amble, Northumberland, by day, has built up a rapport with seals in the area after over 20 years diving among them.
Burville shared the footage to Twitter on October 31, and told Storyful the moment with the grey seal was recorded two days earlier. Burville said it was “unusual” for a “male grey seal” such as the one featured to “play” in this manner.
“The seal was incredibly gentle,” Burville said, “In fact, this encounter lasted over one hour and the seal actually followed me back to the pickup point at the end of my dive.
This involved the seal swimming into a current over a shallow (four-foot) rocky outcrop.”
Burville said too that he would “like to state that the emphasis of any encounter should be to avoid any disturbance. People should never approach seals on the land,” adding that people “should keep dogs on a lead anywhere near seals.”
Burville said, “These animals should be treated with the utmost respect.” Credit: Ben Burville via Storyful