Young girl rescued after sea lion drags her into busy Canadian harbor

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2017

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He said he didn't not know if the man who jumped into the water to rescue the girl was related to her.

Michael Fujiwara, who captured the shocking moment on film, told CBC News that the girl's family "were just in shock" after the incident.

Then it spotted the girl. Source YouTube  Michael Fujiwara
Then it spotted the girl. Source YouTube Michael Fujiwara

The video shows the drenched pair walking away unharmed after the ordeal.

"They were pretty shaken up, " Fujiwara said. While sea lions don't eat people, this sea lion likely associated people with food.

The sea lion was swimming leisurely, close to the wharf and occasionally sticking its head up out of the water as a dozen or so tourists watched and fed the animal.

"When we see performing animals, like at the circus, we get false information about whether animals like to be around people". It then swims near the family, lunges out of the water and grabs the girl by her dress, pulling her into the water.

A whole lot-especially if you're (1) a little kid and (2) sitting carefree on the edge of a pier.

"[When you feed them], it builds an expectation with the animal that they're going to get something from you", added Otjen.

Experts say this is an alarming reminder of why people should admire wild animals from a safe distance.

The little girl sits down on the edge of the wharf and, in a split second, the animal jumps up, grabs her dress in its mouth and drags her into the water.

Bob Baziuk, the general manager of the Steveston Harbour Authority, told CNN that the authorities have since always been asking visitors not to feed the animals here. "But it wasn't food, of course".

Fujiwara says he goes once a week to the docks, sees sea lions often, but has never witnessed anything like what he was able to capture on video.

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