Grey seals are the UK’s largest breeding seals. A staggering half of the world’s grey seal population lives along British coasts. A newborn seal pup weighs approximately 30 pounds (14 kilograms). Their mother’s milk is very high in fat (60%), so they grow quickly and develop the layer of blubber that is crucial to their survival. Without the blubber layer, seals would not be able to maintain their body temperature out at sea.
Jason Neilus, and fellow divers, recently dove into the waters along the coast of the Farne Islands in Northumberland, England. They’ve been visiting this spot for the past six years to greet the seal pups. Neilus and the other divers were blown away by the playful interaction they encountered with the seals. Lucky for us, the awesome adventure was captured on film!
If this video doesn’t make you feel happy, we don’t know what will.
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(Video by Jason Neilus)