Hungry Sea Lion Grabs Girl Off Harbor, Pulls Her Into The Water

The sea lion was likely looking for something to eat. Source YouTube  Michael Fujiwara

Officials have criticized the family of a young girl after a viral video showed a sea lion pulling her into the water from a dock in Richmond, British Columbia.

Fujiwara said he goes to the dock regularly but has never seen anything like what he captured in the video. "Don't go up to a bear in a forest and hand it a ham sandwich", he continued.

The girl seemed amused at first, but moments later, as she sat next to the water's edge, the sea lion came back.

Baziuk explained that Steveston Harbor is part of the sea lions' migratory route and the males often swim nearby in search of free food.

Trites said humans should not disturb wild animals like this.

WATCH: A small girl was pulled into the water in Richmond, BC by a sea lion.

I'm glad that little girl is okay. However, the sea lion which has now received celebrity status is receiving more visitors. "Her family were just in shock".

The animal then lunges again and this time he grabs onto the girl's white dress and drags her under the water as horrified onlookers scream and a man, thought to be the girl's grandfather, jumped in to save her. They walked away from the scene quickly. A family relative however immediately jumped into the water to rescue the girl and brought her out in time. "If you feed the animals like this you're asking for trouble", he said, but sadly no one pays heed to his words, due to which incidents like these take place.

Andrew Tites, director of the University of British Columbia's Marine Mammal Research Unit, criticized those who got close to the animal, which he said is a California sea lion. "They were pretty shaken up", he said.

California sea lions might not quite weigh a thousand pounds, but they can get up to 860 pounds and "can do a lot of damage", Vancouver Aquarium marine mammal trainer Danielle Hyson said.

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