Sea Lion Pulls Girl from Pier, Drags Her Underwater

Posted May 22, 2017

The girl then sits down on the railing, with her back to the wild animal, and the sea lion decides it's time to strike, jumping up and yanking her by the butt into the murky water. At the Steveston Fisherman's Wharf in Richmond, B.C., Canada, a family visiting the wharf were trying to feed a sea lion pieces of bread.

Speaking to the Vancouver Sun, Mr Fujiwara said: "The sea lion actually attracted a lot of attention from the visitors there, including the young girl". The sea lion then disappears and her grandfather jumps in to pull the girl out of the water. A man immediately jumped in to rescue her, and they both made swift exits from the water. The man can be seen jumping into the water and pulling the little girl to safety.

"As a rule, sea lions don't attack", said Andrew Trites, a professor who oversees the Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia. "They were probably very shaken up and just wanted to get away from the sea lion as fast as possible".

The sea lion swims closer to the dock after grabbing a piece of food that someone threw.

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Mr Fujiwara said he comes to the wharf regularly and has never seen a sea lion behave like this one did. "I just took out my cell phone and started filming", Fujiwara told Postmedia News. Feeding wild animals comes with significant risks-and can have a long-term impact on the animals. It is not like other creatures that are trained for entertainment, he said.

Trites says the sea lion in the video looks like it is used to having people feed it.

Everything was looking all normal and stuff, but all of a sudden the sea lion pops out the water and snags a young girl by her dress and pulls her into and under the water.

He thinks we can all learn something from this: "Keep your distance". A father of a five-year-old girl said he was cleaning fish on a dock in 2009 when he heard a splash nearby. "Watch the animals, but let wildlife be wildlife", he added.