Sea lion grabs girl, pulls her into water in frightening video

May 25, 2017, 01:55
Sea lion grabs girl, pulls her into water in frightening video

The shocking video clip captures a young girl being dragged into the water by a California sea lion a moment after she took a seat on the dock's ledge.

The clip was included in Monday night's monologue on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The girl did receive what the Vancouver Aquarium described as "superficial injuries" and was treated at B.C. Children's Hospital.

The Steveston Harbour Authority put up signs that read "please do not feed the sea lions" after the incident.

Fujiwara has licensed the clip with Jukin Media, a company that monetizes viral Internet videos.

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The sea lion appears curious at first, launching itself from the water in an attempt to search for more food, according to a report.

The family acknowledged that the girl got too close, but told CBC News on Tuesday that they were neither feeding nor taking pictures of the sea lion.

That glee turns to terror a few seconds later, when the seal lunges again - grabbing the girl and yanking her backwards into the water.

Sea Lions are highly intelligent creatures and are generally thought to be timid in nature.

Baziuk says that they've been warning visitors not to feed the animals for years.

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The girl was seen on video shrieking as she was dragged into the cold water.

The girl is quickly rescued by an older man - whom Lau has revealed to be the girl's grandfather - who plunges into the water and pulls her up, then leads the startled girl away. Signage in the area has since gone up, suggesting that disturbing marine wildlife could carry up to a $100,000 fine.

Port officials also have posted more signs along the Steveston dock.

Sea lions are not naturally unsafe and attacks on humans are rare, experts say.

Masses of forlorn and distraught parents have been streaming out of Steveston after the now-famous sea lion refused to eat their children.

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