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Seal swims and plays with scuba diver off Manx coast

A fifteen-year-old boy was amazed to be befriended by a wild seal on his first dive from a boat off the Isle of Man coast.

Fifteen-year-old Jamie Gallacher said: "I didn't know how to react but it was incredibly playful, just like a big puppy. I feel very lucky."

The encounter happened during a dive close to the Calf of Man.

Diving instructor Michelle Haywood, who had her underwater camera to capture the moment, said: "We often come across seals but for one to come this close and want to stay around for so long, is unusual. It was amazing."

  • 20 Nov 2013
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