Seal Throws Octopus In Kayaker's Face

Cheryl Sanders
September 27, 2018

Video footage of a kayaker put in a sticky situation after a seal launched a large octopus at his face has gone viral across the world.

The video was first posted by Mulinder's friend Taiyo Masuda - both men are content creators for the GoPro brand, and were specifically on a kayaking tour to test out the company's latest cameras.

Mr Kyle Mulinder was paddling off the South Island town of Kaikoura over the weekend when he inadvertently became entangled in a battle between a bull seal and the octopus it wanted for lunch.

"[We were] just looking at fur seals, birds, just catching some waves and then we saw a giant male seal fighting an octopus.

I'm not sure who got more of a surprise the seal, the octopus or me".

The kayakers had been watching the seal and octopus fight with each other for a while but they never expected to get that close to the action.

The seals dive down, select their dinner, and then drag it to the surface, thrashing it about to break off bite-sized chunks.

"I was like, "Mate, what just happened?'" he recalled in an interview with Yahoo News".

"I'm the kayaker, the octopus is the news cycle", she tweeted. "It was weird because it happened so fast but I could feel all the hard parts of the octopus on my face like 'dum dum dum".

What happens when you drive a seal too far?

"Out of nowhere, it literally just rose from the depths as it was mid fight, thrashed it round and, well - the rest was history", he said.

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