NORTHUMBERLAND, England -- An underwater cameraman was left breathless when a playful seal removed his scuba mouthpiece with his nose and a flipper.
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Ben Burville was diving near the Farne Islands in Northumberland, England and said the interaction was "very gentle."
As Burville puts his breathing tube back, the seal pats him on the head. Burville, who has a lot of experience diving and capturing underwater footage with seals, responds by holding the seal's flipper.
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Burville has a lot of experience diving and capturing underwater footage with seals. He has said that the seals have taught him how to "dive with them in a way they feel at ease."
VIDEO: Playful seal leaves diver breathless by removing his mouthpiece