Seal Gets Up Close and Personal With Diver Off North England Coast

A seal got up close and personal with a diver to create an adorable underwater moment, nuzzling its nose into the diver’s face.

The encounter took place in the waters off the Farne Islands, in the northeast of England, and was shared to Twitter by keen scuba diver Ben Burville.

Burville, 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 nearly 20 years diving among them.

In a tweet featuring the video, he wrote that this particular dive was 23 meters below the sea, which he said is “deeper than my usual encounters.”

As for the seal snuggling into him, he said, “the whiskers were tickling my face.” Credit: Ben Burville via Storyful

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