Sea Lion Snatches Girl into the Water
Sea Lion Snatches Girl into the Water while a crowd and her family look on in terror.
Michael Fujiwara was sitting on a concrete seawall in Richmond British Columbia on Saturday at Steveston Fishserman’s Wharf when the sea lion grabbed Michael and dragged her into the water.
Male sea lions can get up to 11 feet in length and weight up to 2500 pounds. The average weight of an adult male sea lion is about 1,250 pounds. So, these aren’t small animals by any means. In fact, there large strong animals that can hurt or kill people rather quick.
Adult Male Sea Lions can reach 11 feet in length and weight up to 2500 pounds
Fujiwara family was feeding the animal and a small crowd of people can be seen gathering around, laughing and having a good time.
When Michael turned her back while sitting on the seawall the sea lion sprung from the water and snatched Fujiwara into the water within a split second.
A man is then seen jumping into the water to pull Fujiwara to safety. We think this man is a family member. Another by standard helps get both out of the water.
After they are pulled out of the water the family walks away quickly, probably in shock of what just happened. The girl and man who jumped into the water were not hurt.
This is a lesson to all that you should not feed wild animals and certainly do not get that close to them either. Things can turn from good too bad in a split second and thank god this turned out not to be a tragedy.
A few things to remember when around wild animals:
- Don’t feed wild animals, this isn’t natural and makes the animal less fearful of humans and in return the animal or human can get hurt.
- Never turn your back on a wild animal especially in this situation where you can get dragged into water.
- Never tease an animal no matter how small, things can turn deadly quick.
Remember to pay attention to your surroundings and be safe.