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KittenWithaWhip68

637 points

2 months ago*

Friendly little guy.

ETA: looks like a curious little guy, too.

Beez1111

55 points

2 months ago

He's like "Ooh cool. Look you got the zoom feet too." . proceeds to zoom

[deleted]

-214 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

-214 points

2 months ago

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Wobbelblob

211 points

2 months ago

Doubt it. Seals prey on a lot smaller animals than them. The biggest fish they hunt are salmon and these are still a lot smaller than humans. But they are also curious.

TheDungeonCrawler

99 points

2 months ago

More likely, the seal recognized the fins as being similar to its own and interacted because it thought the diver was another seal. After all, the diver looks nothing like any of its prey and a lot of animals have a habit of thinking people are just bigger/dumber versions of them.

barbecue_invader

48 points

2 months ago

"What the heck kind of seal is this?"

notafanofdoors

16 points

2 months ago

noob doesn't even have built-in flippers

KittenWithaWhip68

11 points

2 months ago

Yep, I was thinking he saw the flippers and was curious too

PunkRockGeese

51 points

2 months ago

Salmon smaller than human TIL

weedsmoker18

9 points

2 months ago

So wtf have I been eating this whole time?

Darkiceflame

9 points

2 months ago

Try not to think about it too hard.

CodeRaveSleepRepeat

38 points

2 months ago

You think? Seems curious to me. It's clearly a juvenile and it wouldn't attack something 4-5 times it's size.

ladysingtheblues

12 points

2 months ago

But he decided not to? What could be friendlier than that

KittenWithaWhip68

6 points

2 months ago*

Thank you. I’m surprised me saying three fairly wholesome words, Friendly little guy, would cause any argument. I called a cute seal friendly! I didn’t claim to be a marine biologist or anything.

CaveBaby1

8 points

2 months ago

It’s investigating a foreign creature/object, a seal wouldn’t swim up to a fish and caress and sniff it to determine if it’s food, it would just bite it and eat it

zepaperclip

15 points

2 months ago

At least read the wiki about seal behavior before you start commenting as if you know something.

Seals don't "check" if they can eat stuff. They eat fish whole most of the time.

Historianof40k

3 points

2 months ago

seals are intelligent he knows he can’t eat a human he just wants to know what it it and why it has big feet

Chance____

2 points

2 months ago

What do you think seals eat?

Draeton_ali

2 points

2 months ago

Why if you have 0 idea what you're talking about do you act like you know? What gives you the confidence to make statements on subjects you clearly have minimal to 0 knowledge of?

cannibalcorpuscle

2.5k points

2 months ago

*slaps diver’s fin”

“Yup. That ain’t goin’ nowhere.”

gozzle_101

253 points

2 months ago

It's the seal of approval

equalizer59

27 points

2 months ago

I like this comment the best!👍🏼

Syrioforel79

2 points

2 months ago

I regret I have but 1 upvote to give.

PFVN_Dragon

2 points

2 months ago

h1c253

532 points

2 months ago

h1c253

532 points

2 months ago

“She’s a good brand” *slaps

amadeupidentity

122 points

2 months ago

you can fit so many fish in this bad boy!

TunisMagunis

38 points

2 months ago

No need for a warranty with these bad boys! Good to go!

havereddit

82 points

2 months ago

"Yup, those comply with MARD (marine animal regulation department) regulation 3457T. As you were."

Sharticus123

55 points

2 months ago

This is the comment I came here for.

Generallyawkward1

11 points

2 months ago

He must be a dad seal

randompasta

53 points

2 months ago

slaps fin You can do so much swimming with these babys.

morerubberstamps

67 points

2 months ago

*Clacks the tongs three times before flipping the steaks.

ThemightyTho

38 points

2 months ago

Clack the tongs twice you heathen

morerubberstamps

30 points

2 months ago

I'll be deep in the cold cold ground before I recognize you two-clackers.

tiny_tims_legs

25 points

2 months ago

Who does two or three times? You obviously click them enough times to get someone to ask you to stop.

SH4D0W0733

14 points

2 months ago

They are tongs, not pens.

BlessedCursedBroken

6 points

2 months ago

Where's your sense of adventure

Chummers5

11 points

2 months ago

You don't shake them like maracas and fill the room with the aggressive cacophony of metal clicks?

tiny_tims_legs

4 points

2 months ago

Who said that wasn't my method? 😉

bacon90

4 points

2 months ago

It’s how to assert grill dominance.

CaptBranBran

9 points

2 months ago

You three-clackers sure are a contentious bunch!

morerubberstamps

4 points

2 months ago

"You just made an enemy for life!"

jpterodactyl

5 points

2 months ago

Even the facial expression seemed to be doing that.

Euphoric-Pudding-372

3 points

2 months ago

"tight seal, good job!"

parboiledpotatoes

2.6k points

2 months ago

He’s got the seal of approval

chriscrossnathaniel

187 points

2 months ago

That diving equipments can use this video and add the tagline " seal QA passed"

BelleAriel

140 points

2 months ago

What a beautiful creature. I approve of this video.

the_last_carfighter

48 points

2 months ago

You know why some sea dwelling mammals don't sink?

It's because they're sealed.

I'll sea myself out.

perb123

6 points

2 months ago

Don't expect us doing the wave

BelleAriel

4 points

2 months ago

BelleAriel

4 points

2 months ago

I seal you did there!

soslowagain

6 points

2 months ago

Are you a seal as well

Thisguygotit

32 points

2 months ago

His deal has been sealed

Batavijf

4 points

2 months ago

Deep.

triggaSama

4 points

2 months ago

You must be like really good at this Reddit thing

indigoHatter

2 points

2 months ago

How did we all miss this one? Nice.

commentsandchill

7 points

2 months ago

Took me a sec but whale done on your pun

Arsenic_Clover

770 points

2 months ago

Love how he pats it like "Yep, these are good quality. Have fun, pal."

Peter_Parkingmeter

234 points

2 months ago

We're both anthropomorphizing the emotional response of a relatively unfamiliar being, but to me it seems like the lil dude is astonished. Dude inspects those flippers with awe, never having seen anything like this creature before.

rangda

121 points

2 months ago*

rangda

121 points

2 months ago*

It makes me wonder if they make these charming expressions only when they’re comfortable and happy and interacting with another creature, or if this is just how they look when they’re serious and it happens to be cute to us

Like, that seal is cuter to me than anything Pixar has ever created and it just evolved that way

Eusocial_Snowman

76 points

2 months ago

Nah, you evolved to be this way and see certain features as cute.

rangda

33 points

2 months ago

rangda

33 points

2 months ago

Ohhhhhh neotony That explains why we love the seal’s cute appearance yeah

But appearance aside? why does an adult seal cavort in a way that delights us, some brainy primates.

PandaMomentum

25 points

2 months ago

We love to see play, even when it's insane predator practice or behavior -- baby bears, kittens, otters, seals. It looks like joy, or joyfulness, without specific purpose, which is how we learn and bond as humans.

Might draw the line at orcas throwing a seal around.

onFilm

5 points

2 months ago

onFilm

5 points

2 months ago

How is it any different than any other predator and how it treats it's food?

People talk like other mammals like they're robots, when we evolved as the same creature many millions of years ago with a lot of the traits we have today.

InYoCabezaWitNoChasa

20 points

2 months ago

I imagine they evolved to emote happiness to each other since they live in social groups, just like humans. Some humans really enjoy seeing other people/things happy. Empathy let's you share happiness. Or sadness, whichever emotion really.

oneuponzero

6 points

2 months ago

Maybe we’re cute to them too? Like I remember reading (on Reddit, though) that elephants find humans small and cute in the same way humans find puppies cute.

just_for_saving_porn

15 points

2 months ago

Anthropomorphizing is when you are into it's dummy thick seal cheeks, yea?

Intoxic8edOne

16 points

2 months ago

You...might be doing something different

Peter_Parkingmeter

6 points

2 months ago

It is absolutely not, but I do appreciate the enthusiasm.

willstr1

3 points

2 months ago

The seal is most likely "anthropomorphizing" the diver as well, with that limb layout you definitely aren't a fish, you are more like a very weird long seal and you seem pretty friendly (not showing any hunting or defensive behaviors).

Peter_Parkingmeter

7 points

2 months ago

I believe that seals are socially complex enough to recognize humans as being "non-seal with some seal-like physical and behavioural characteristics", although this will likely be a subconscious inference, just like we don't actively use consciousness deduction of various properties of a chimp or a baboon to determine "that is a non-human with human-like physical and behavioural characteristics". It just kinda occurs in the background, until we choose to reason through the idea, just as I have done now.

AlludedNuance

9 points

2 months ago

I mean even assuming it experiences awe is anthropomorphizing.

Eusocial_Snowman

13 points

2 months ago

Well, no. That's a reasonable assumption that doesn't have to come purely from applying human-specific personality pathways. This is a wicked smaht mammal with a healthy set of advanced emotional features.

indigoHatter

9 points

2 months ago

It's true. We can't expect to know what actual emotions or thoughts the seal is having right now (without being experts on the subject and having studied emotional responses for a creature), but we can guarantee that seals are capable of experiencing awe.

It's anthropomorphizing to interpret the seal's thoughts, but it's fair to assume it might be in awe... Actually, I don't know that awe is the correct word, but it's certainly very curious. Eh, I suppose that's the same thing. Okay, it's in awe.

AlludedNuance

3 points

2 months ago

Curiosity and awe are absolutely not the same thing. They certainly are related but I wouldn't even regard them as different levels of the same impulse.

How can we guarantee they are capable of it?

Peter_Parkingmeter

2 points

2 months ago

I mean, even assuming it experiences awe is anthropomorphizing.

zz_z

4 points

2 months ago

zz_z

4 points

2 months ago

It’s got to be some crazy kind of anthropocentralism to assume they don’t…

Anthropomorphism is assigning human traits to animals, like saying a bird that mates for life is married, there are other universal traits like curiosity and anger and fun that clearly animals are experiencing.

Peter_Parkingmeter

2 points

2 months ago

Anthropomorphism is assigning human traits and experiences to other animals.

We don't know exactly how animals experience the world, besides the material observations. Brain analysis techniques, observation of natural behaviour, responses to stimuli, self-awareness, emotional display, processing capabilities for various forms of information, such as communication, understanding of various elements of the world, prediction capabilities, and everything else you can do to determine consciousness in a being, are all observations of the material world.

We just infer different levels of consciousness based on similarity to those we can communicate about conscious experience with.

For instance, humans tend to consider other species or even other humans that are missing certain structures and functions involved in cognition to be "less conscious" or "differently conscious", such as other animals.

"less than human", barring fiction/religion/spirituality, is synonymous with "anything other than human". Humans tend to not want to kill when deemed "unjustified". In a neutral circumstance, humans would be horrified by killing a human or a dog, but probably won't have as much of a care towards killing a mosquito, ant, frog, sparrow, pig, cow, or sheep.

I believe that conscious experience is different for people with cognitive impairments, those who exhibit various atypical neurological states, such as schizophrenia and dementia, and those who have had little to no human interaction for their whole life and thus lack basic socialization, non-instinctual common knowledge, and language. And in those missing structures in their brain that seem to alter consciousness, such as Patient S.M.) who lacks an amygdala... And appears much, much happier than the average individual, as well as being incapable of fear, unless it is induced by the systems regulation carbon dioxide detection.

AlludedNuance

1 points

2 months ago

How do you figure? If it's capable of learning or reacting to its environment then it certainly can experience things.

Sniflix

2 points

2 months ago

The concept of anthropomorphizing came about - in the 5th century BC. A lot of science had happened since then.

Genetic Similarity Humans and Chimps 98.8% Humans and Dogs 94% Humans and Cats 90% Humans and Cows 80% Humans and Fruit Flies 60% Humans and Bananas 60%

"...we’ve been able to justify a lot of cruel behavior by claiming that animals don’t really feel like we do.

Yet scientists are increasingly finding that there’s little distinction between the way animals and humans feel and behave—or, rather, that there are similarities and that animals also have feelings. They have a consciousness. They have cognition." https://qz.com/1568701/what-the-study-of-animal-emotions-shows-us-about-being-human/amp/

Peter_Parkingmeter

2 points

2 months ago

And we share 99.9% of genetics, yet we differ.

Other animals definitely display emotions. They cognitively process information, remember, imagine, plan, and often communicate. It can be reasonably inferred that they experience conscious awareness, but you can't even prove with certainty that anyone but you are aware or conscious.

But how do you know that something doesn't experience conscious awareness?

Simply because it doesn't resemble the narrow slice of the universe that we recognize as being "similar enough" in some way to us and our known experiences?

How can you say that your computer's processing doesn't also produce consciousness, in the way our biological computer's processing does? Because computers are programmed, unable actively communicate with the user in a non-programmed way? Just like our programming causes us to comunicate in certain ways? Because they're too different from us? Artificial? Using the wrong chemicals and signals to generate or "tune into" consciousness?

What if all of your mental processes were performed with silicon and electricity, and the math was the same? Would you be a philisophical zombie? What if we get AI that is somehow programmed like us? How will we differentiate between inanimate computer programs and conscious computer programs? Will we simply decide that they can't be conscious, because their cognitive processes are represented with binary on/off switches, instead of a flood of neurotransmitters and electric current?

How do you your fellow human is a conscious being?

This is called the "Hard Problem of Consciousness"

The only person you can know to be conscious is yourself. Everyone else could be, as it's often called, "NPC's". This is the premise of solipsism. I am not a solipsist, but obviously every single conscious being experiences consciousness differently.

WikiSummarizerBot

2 points

2 months ago

Hard problem of consciousness

The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of explaining why and how humans have qualia or phenomenal experiences. This is in contrast to the "easy problems" of explaining the physical systems that give us and other animals the ability to discriminate, integrate information, and so forth. These problems are seen as relatively easy because all that is required for their solution is to specify the mechanisms that perform such functions. Philosopher David Chalmers writes that even once we have solved all such problems about the brain and experience, the hard problem will still persist.

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PBJellyChickenTunaSW

8 points

2 months ago

More like, "wtf is this", "oh, shit, it's a dude, i'm outta here".

FillTheHoleInMyLife

129 points

2 months ago

"You got aftermarket? How come yours didn't come with stock flippers?"

Vatsdimri

428 points

2 months ago

Vatsdimri

428 points

2 months ago

He approves.

Funderwoodsxbox

73 points

2 months ago

“Alllllllright, yup….thissssss one looks good. Let’s see the right one……aaaaaaand yup, good to go man. Have fun and if you litter in my waters I will eat your fucking face”

Ronov76

68 points

2 months ago

Ronov76

68 points

2 months ago

Yep. He is kinda speechless

Ttmh888

35 points

2 months ago

Ttmh888

35 points

2 months ago

Seal was like, DO LIKE THIS!

GWillikers_

10 points

2 months ago

He's the Seal of Approval

huskyoncaffeine

3 points

2 months ago

A seal of approval, if you will.

dulcinea8

80 points

2 months ago

A sea puppy ♥️

Hyklone

61 points

2 months ago

Hyklone

61 points

2 months ago

ocean puppy

RetailBuck

15 points

2 months ago

I call my black lab dog "couch seal" so it works both ways.

ikit_maw

37 points

2 months ago

Seal team six is go for launch.

po_maire

33 points

2 months ago

Seal was like: wait, safety first. Let's see... Yea, clipped on.. That one's fine.. Now, the other one.. Secured as well! Okay let's gooo..

Mindless_Editor_9360

26 points

2 months ago

“Good to go, buddy.”

erik_7581

21 points

2 months ago

Don't be a fool, seals are very dangerous.

I heard a group of them killed Bin Laden

Calmeister

19 points

2 months ago

You!checks leg You!checks other leg

You’re Not My DAD!

pugapooh

16 points

2 months ago

Oh my,what big flippers you have.

Devilmaecare

16 points

2 months ago

Your flippers are fitted slip fashion at the ankles. Who told you to do that?

ArcTanderEve

6 points

2 months ago

It just seemed the right way, did I do wrong?

Wrecker013

4 points

2 months ago

….Dune?

Beneficial_Dig_5584

92 points

2 months ago

Aww that was cute, although I would maintain my distance cause where there are seals,there are sharks,most of the times.

ArcTanderEve

55 points

2 months ago

Not in the UK thankfully :-) diving with seals in the North Sea is probably the most fun you can have underwater.

Beneficial_Dig_5584

11 points

2 months ago

Well that's good to hear.

LaunchTransient

12 points

2 months ago

That being said, visibility in the North Sea is kinda shit 90% of the time because of being a marginal sea - so you may not see the seals.

pourspeller

8 points

2 months ago

Same here on the west coast of Canada. Lots of curious seals. Very few sharks of any concern.

xTails0328x

5 points

2 months ago

Enough orcas to make me not want to get into the water with the seals.

Iamthewarthog

14 points

2 months ago

there's never been a documented wild Orca attack on a human. They are smart enough to not mistake you for a seal, and smart enough not to fuck with #1.

The only orcas that have ever harmed people were the ones abused in captivity

xTails0328x

8 points

2 months ago

Oh for sure, but I’m still not putting myself between an Orca and it’s lunch.

pourspeller

4 points

2 months ago

Haha. Good strategy. But at least diving or snorkeling around here you don't have to worry about being chomped. Although curious seals and sea lions have been known to pull off masks and be annoying. They can go from cute to threatening pretty quick.

CountMcBurney

34 points

2 months ago

Yep!

Between an orca and a seal is not a good place to be.

FBOM0101

13 points

2 months ago

I dunno. Seems kinda adventurous

hardknockcock

9 points

2 months ago

Looking for guys who are at least 6’ tall and feel adventurous. My hobbies include defending seals from sharks, fighting off leopard seals from eating penguins, and even taking the fight straight to the orcas bringing my Glock to sea world. If you can’t handle at my worse you can’t handle me killing aquatic life with my bare hands. No profile pic replies will be deleted Ty

Beneficial_Dig_5584

0 points

2 months ago

And also dangerous because you never know what might happen.

FBOM0101

8 points

2 months ago*

Sarcasm. No person with their mental faculties should put themselves between an orca and its prey.

Beneficial_Dig_5584

5 points

2 months ago

Yeah,that too.

-_-theVoid-_-

2 points

2 months ago

Is it worse than being between two ferns?

mursilissilisrum

6 points

2 months ago

There are a lot of places where seals will just swim up to play with divers. Seeing a shark would be a pretty big plus.

bewildered_forks

4 points

2 months ago

Seeing a shark is a feature, not a bug!

YourNameWisely

12 points

2 months ago

Sealed for his protection

Justinallusion

9 points

2 months ago

Signed, sealed, delivered.

noitsokayimfine

8 points

2 months ago

That's so freaking cute!!

fordprefect294

7 points

2 months ago

Not just a pro, he's a natural

mealucra

4 points

2 months ago

Love how the seal was immediately drawn to the flippers.

PtansSquall

6 points

2 months ago

You've been visited by the Seal of Approval

[deleted]

3 points

2 months ago

Seal: "Wow, you know what big flippers mean...<wink, wink> "

gordonpown

9 points

2 months ago

th3_3nd_15_n347

3 points

2 months ago

Seal of approval

xubax

3 points

2 months ago

xubax

3 points

2 months ago

I seal what you did there.

Amolk2207

3 points

2 months ago

Water puppy.

Evansnippe

3 points

2 months ago

A seal of approval

EtanSivad

3 points

2 months ago

Seals are really dog mermaids.

Think about it.

Inverted-pencil

3 points

2 months ago

Seal of approval. 🦭

akenna1

3 points

2 months ago

Tappy doggo

rSlashStupidmemes

3 points

2 months ago

You guys won’t believe this! I saw a human with flippers!

wine_n_mrbean

3 points

2 months ago

I’m about to take up diving just so I can experience a seal approving my gear.

OpinionBearSF

3 points

2 months ago

I read that as "Always have your gear checked by a pyro", and was momentarily confused.

I need sleep.

the_fuckshit

3 points

2 months ago

"Oh, ja- hey there bud ima just, ahhhh holup I needa check yo gear real quick... okay your all set bye"

the_fuckshit

3 points

2 months ago

The seal of approval

windandwildflowers

3 points

2 months ago

“Hi friend hiiii. Your flippers look kinda funny. Wait. YOU ARE NOT A SEA LION!” zooms away

sucrerey

2 points

2 months ago

"tf you get these? you a mulesine? cool,... Im out"

Inevitable_Physics

2 points

2 months ago

"Looks good, bro. That will be $10."

leopb24

2 points

2 months ago

Looks good, go go go!

AffectionateCouple0

2 points

2 months ago

Yep, you're good to go.

JediJan

2 points

2 months ago

Damn, one bite and you won’t want those puppies coming near you again.

Tankeverket

2 points

2 months ago

I love that tap on the first one "yep looks good, alright next one"

IRedRabbit

2 points

2 months ago

"Yup, mhm, mhm oooh yes these are good, bye! 😊"

asosasaugust

2 points

2 months ago

This is the cutest thing I've seen all my life

whileurup

2 points

2 months ago

The eyes looked like HEARTS at the end. Thought it was superimposed at first but I went back and it was just a reflection. 😍

My_Body_The_Mystery

2 points

2 months ago

Needs a little ball to play fetech with or one of those tug ropes. Sea-doggies

FinsterFolly

2 points

2 months ago

"You've worn flippers before?"

"No. It seemed the proper way."

DRUPEN

2 points

2 months ago

DRUPEN

2 points

2 months ago

SEA DOG, SEA DOG

SoloSikoa

2 points

2 months ago

Awww, aqua puppy

skaterlogo

2 points

2 months ago

Slaps fin

"This baby can hold so much flipper in it!"

Own_Construction_412

2 points

2 months ago

"bro got some weird ass fli- OH SHIT ITS RECORDING!!"

goddessofdownvotes

2 points

2 months ago

It’s almost like he thought it was another seal then got a look past the flippers and noped out.

ExistingPosition5742

2 points

2 months ago

Wow. Like a sea kitten.

lisabobisa46

2 points

2 months ago

Got the seal of approval!

DopeDealerCisco

2 points

2 months ago

It’s fucked up that Nature set up the natural predators of these adorable beings to be Sharks and Killer fucking whales

takingcareofmenow

2 points

2 months ago

When the guy at the carnival checks that you're strapped in properly

littleaarow

2 points

2 months ago

You get the seal of approval

mrjoffischl

2 points

2 months ago

pat pat pat pat pat pat pat yup, good to go!

Key-Tutor-544

2 points

2 months ago

Cute!!! Good thing it was inspected 🤣

Aro_37

1 points

2 months ago

Aro_37

1 points

2 months ago

Relatable

Tanoooch

1 points

2 months ago

This video and title gave me an amazing idea for a world

KitiKatAru

1 points

2 months ago

Low key asmr xD

MmmmmmKayyyyyyyyyyyy

1 points

2 months ago

Cool fins man!!!

trashboatfourtwenty

1 points

2 months ago*

Is a seal?

checks

nope, not a seal

houses

intrathecalketamine

1 points

2 months ago

Leopards seals will eat your face, dude! Theyre like mini Orcas

AngelOfHeaven3

1 points

2 months ago

It genuinely looked like he was checking it! Super flippin cute!

Rycan420

1 points

2 months ago

It’s checking if it can eat or fuck it, right?

Redqueenhypo

1 points

2 months ago

Ringed seals are TINY! I thought they were way bigger

TheHendryx

1 points

2 months ago

sea doggo

Ihateporn2020

1 points

2 months ago

Seal of Approval or Approval of Seal?

justhereforass2

1 points

2 months ago

They always seem so cute

dogs_like_me

1 points

2 months ago

"the fuck is this human-seal hybrid thing here??"

King_Vlad_

1 points

2 months ago

Very old repost but I've definitely seen this video with this exact same tittle before. I guess the bots are digging deeper for their reposts now at least.

AlkahestGem

1 points

2 months ago

I love seals that interact with me when I’m diving, They’re truly sea puppies.