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Rare seal encounter for swimmer during Isle of Man challenge

A man who is taking on a major swimming challenge has had a surprisingly close encounter with some of the Island's marine life.

Mike Davis set off for his swimming challenge and was soon joined by a herd of seals.

The seals then continued to swim with him throughout his first day.

Craning my neck down the view was of a seal clamped to my legs on its back, with its head – worryingly close to the top of my thighs – thrown back nonchalantly."

– Mike Davis

Over 100 seals are predicted to be living on the Isle of Man at one time.

Most of them can be seen in the south of the island around the Calf of Man.

Mike's Challenge

Mike is spending twenty days swimming around the Isle of Man to raise money for the Manx Wildlife Trust and the Blue Marine Foundation.

The swim will see him travel a distance of 100 miles around the coastline of the Island.

His mother is from the Isle of Man and he has family links to the Island dating back over 500 years.

He also has an interest in preserving marine and coastal ecosystems similar to those around the Isle of Man.

His fundraising page can be found here.

The challenge started and will end at the Point of Ayre, the Island's most northern point. Credit: ITV Granada Reports

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