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Diver has been playing with seals in the wild for 20 years

May 28th, 2020

The ocean holds many wonders that we can’t find on land. Sometimes, you could even create unlikely friendships with the marine species roaming around the ocean floor, like seals!

Seals are just underwater dogs with their adorable snout, prickly whiskers, and big, round eyes. They are quite playful and friendly to humans as well. According to Bark Post, dogs and seals are not far off from being related to each other. Seals, walruses, and sea lions are caniforms, meaning they have doglike characteristics. Perhaps the only difference between them is the seal’s pair of flippers.

This man visits the ocean to play with seals.

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Ben Burville, a doctor and a recreational diver, has experience playing with the seals. It has been 20 years since he started hanging out with these sea dogs, and he enjoys every bit of it. He said that his encounter with these 450-pound sea animals would magically stop time.

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The seals are unlike the ones they put in a sanctuary or the zoo. These seals are wild animals that Burville happens to encounter every time he dives down into the ocean. These creatures freely swim toward him out of curiosity and will just start touching him.

From the seal’s interaction with Burville, you can tell that they are intelligent creatures.

“They’re very, very gentle,” stressed Burville. “I think what’s also quite clever is, they know what is me, and physically me.”

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He noticed that the seals knew how to recognize equipment. There was no harm done to Burville as these curious seals tried to take off his hood and dive mask only to play with it. They just like to play games with the other seals and even Burville.

Burville just lets the seals do whatever they want.

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He makes sure that he was not in any way disturbing the seals in their habitat. He just dives in there and chills with them. He never approaches them or forces them to come to him. Instead, he just lets them go to him on their own.

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These wild animals will just act according to their interests. Whatever they do, it poses no threat or any harm to Burville. That is why Burville will try to maintain this peaceful relationship between himself and the seals.

“I would trust any wild seal underwater more than any domesticated dog, any day,” said Burville.

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Why you should try scuba diving.

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Diving is an enjoyable recreational activity for people around the world. Perhaps it is because of the feeling of weightlessness as you dip your body underwater, which makes you forget all your troubles on land. Aside from the peace and the stress-free environment, divers also get to see the wonders of the blue ocean and appreciate the majestic beauty of the overflowing marine life.

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There are also many health benefits from diving. It can improve your blood circulation, relieve your body stresses and fatigue, and you can even benefit from the healing effects of the saline water and sunlight. Divers like Burville are able to enjoy diving while obtaining these wonderful benefits. With the proper orientation and complete equipment, anyone could make diving fun and healthy hobby.

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Source: Youtube/The Dodo, Bark Post, Sirenfleet

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