Startling video shows sea lion snatching girl from pier

Angie Massey
May 23, 2017

The man who made the video, Michael Fujiwara, told the CBC that he thought the sea lion jumped up to "read" the little girl. No matter how many times incidents like these happen and no matter how many times we may think that animals are "just like us" we have to recognize the fact that they are animals and not humans.

On the video, the sea lion rises up out of the water a first time before grabbing the girl. Just minutes earlier, Fukiwara was filming the large sea lion by the Stevenson Wharf in British Columbia. Everything seems harmless enough in the clip as an adorable looking sea lion plays next to a dock.

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"I was just in shock".

"People don't understand that this is not a tamed animal you might see at a circus or in a movie, these are wild animals who are hungry", he said. She took a seat on the edge of the dock, and then the sea lion jumped out of the water, bit her dress, and yanked her into the water.

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"They were pretty shaken up", Mr Fujiwara told CBC News.

"The sea lion actually attracted a lot of attention from the visitors there, including the young girl", Fujiwara told The Vancouver Sun. Fujiwara said nobody was injured in the freaky incident. The little girl, seen in the video below wearing a white dress, sat on the dock's edge to get closer.

Robert Kiesman of the Steveston Harbour Authority said the girl's parents were reckless and put her in harm's way. "They're not trained to be next to people".

Keisman said there are signs all over the dock, warning people to not feed the sea animals.

Trites believes the sea lion was fattening up before heading to breed off the coast of California.

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