Watch: Sea lion in Canada pulls young girl into water

A picnic turned mysteriously shocking for a family in Richmond BC, Canada, as a sea lion turned too friendly with a young girl, pulling her into the water in a fraction of a second.

By Author  |  Published: 22nd May 2017  5:32 pm
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A screengrab of the video, which is going viral on the web.

A picnic turned mysteriously shocking for a family in Richmond BC, Canada, as a sea lion turned too friendly with a young girl, pulling her into the water in a fraction of a second. A man, presumably the father of the girl, bravely dives into the water without losing even a moment, and drags out the visibly terrified girl. 

The incident happened at a tourist spot called Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf. 

 

She is then seen dripping with water and seething in shock and anger as bystanders and family members try to make sense of what happened. Sea lions are otherwise known to be friendly towards humans, with very few cases of attacks on humans having been reported. However, a 13-year-old girl surfing in Australia was attacked by a male sea lion in 2007, in what was recorded as an unusual event, with the girl having been severely mauled.

Sea lions belong to the seal family of mammals, and can grow up to ten feet long, weighing up to 1,000 kg. The average male sea lion, however, weighs about 300 kg. Sea lions in coastal areas have been on the receiving end of fishing activities for several years, with many countries banning the killing of seals to protect the species from extinction. 

This video was uploaded on YouTube by Vlogger Michael Fujiwara