Why did seal grabs divers hand?

What did the seal want from the diver?

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!

Are seals friendly to divers?

Spotting harbor seals underwater can be a thrilling treat for scuba divers. These intelligent, curious and playful marine mammals can easily entertain their human visitors for entire dives if they deign to stick around that long.

Why do divers put their hands?

The above water: As divers approach the water, they must extend their body into a rigid, straight line. Importantly, they must put their hands one on top of the other with flat palms, to create what’s called a rip entry (named because it sounds like a piece of paper is being ripped as the diver hits the water).

Will seals bite you?

Seals are wild animals that can be aggressive and bite, causing major wounds and possible infection to humans.

Has a seal ever killed a human?

They are the only seals known to regularly hunt and kill warm-blooded prey, including other seals. Although rare, there are a few records of adult leopard seals attacking humans. There has also been one fatality, when a researcher was snorkelling in Antarctic waters and was killed by a leopard seal.

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What to do if a seal approaches you?

Always let seals make the first move – let them approach you. Sit back, wait quietly and observe. Aim to stay calm and move slowly to avoid spooking the seals and provoking an aggressive response. Be confident that seals are generally gentle creatures unless they feel threatened.