As a group of people were observing, feeding, and teasing a California sea lion from a dock in Richmond, BC, Canada, the animal popped out of the water and grabbed a little girl by her dress to drag her into the water. The scene is terrifying but can be explained by the incredible unsafe behavior of the people present on the dock.
“The little girl has her back to the sea lion and it would appear that the sea lion sees part of her dress, thinks it’s food, reaches up, grabs at the food and pulls her in by the dress. But it wasn’t food of course,” explains Andrew Trites, the director of UBC’s Marine Mammal Research Unit, for CBC.
If there is one lesson we should all learn from this incredible video is that wild animals are unpredictable. Don’t treat them as pets, just admire from afar.