It sounds like a sitcom from the 1990s. When you consider Gary Grayson’s relationship with this Atlantic Grey Seal, it’s definitely possible. Gary is a cameraman who, at roughly 55 years old in this film, has witnessed many wonderful occurrences.
But I doubt he was expecting this. The man was scuba diving in the Scilly Isles when he had a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He’ll never forget it. The grey seal approached Gary, rubbing him with its flippers before rolling over to reveal its belly.
The seal was requesting massages! Gary can see the pinniped staring him down as he touches the diver with his flippers. You might believe the seal had its eyes closed as it rolled on its back, exposing his belly, awaiting the full treatment of belly massages.
Gary does not let you down. The seal even looks up at Gary, then at the camera, before stroking Gary’s palm and saying, “Yes, human, excellent massages.” The grey seal swims back up, its dog-like face parallel to Gary’s, and Gary treats this pinniped as if it were a dog.
Chin massages, neck rubs, and cuddling should suffice! The seal nibbles on the diver’s hand while supporting itself with its flippers. I’m curious whether he enjoys the taste of scuba gloves… “Who named them “Seal” when they could have simply named them Water Dog?” asked one spectator. Gary and the seal (which has a ring to it) aren’t finished. They exchange a few snuggles, hands, and flippers united, as man and seal form a bond that, while fleeting, will last forever. What a lovely time. In Latin, it means “Fin-footed.”
They are good swimmers, and because they are semi-aquatic, they spend some time on land or ice, especially during ma.ting and birthing seasons. They have been targeted for their thick fur, and while hunting is now restricted, the seal still confronts several problems such as a shortage of food, confrontation with fishermen, and becoming caught in nets. Climate change is the greatest threat to them, as the majority dwell in colder climates. They require the ice, and as the polar caps melt owing to rising temperatures, their natural habitats are shrinking. They need all the assistance they can get.
Perhaps this grey seal did exactly that when it stretched out to Gary for affection, which the fat flippered one returned. Why can’t we get along with the rest of them if Gary and the seal can? “Yeah, animals are nice, but never before has an animal made me so happy.” That was arguably the cutest thing I’d seen all year. “I was weeping because I was laughing so hard.” A male spectator made the remark. Gary Grayson, I’m sure, agrees. That day, he must have felt like a million bucks.