Startling video shows sea lion snatching girl from pier

"They were pretty shaken up", said Michael Fujiwara, the student who filmed the whole ordeal, according to CBC News.

The video shows the sea lion swimming near a dock where several people are gathered.

The reign of terror perpetrated by wild animals on unsuspecting Chinese tourists continued over the weekend with a young girl being pulled into the water of a Canadian harbor by a hungry sea lion.

A family member immediately jumped into the water to pull the girl to safety.

Bob Baziuk, the general manager of the Steveston Harbour Authority, told CNN that no injuries have been reported, and that he is looking for more information on the incident. But for some reason, she sat on the wall near the water, after which the sea creature pounced at her once again, grabbed her by the dress and pulled her into the water.

"Interactions with wild animals should always be approached with caution", Okabe added. "Don't come to the dock and throw crackers at a sea lion".

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"If you throw things into the water to attract them, they're not to be messed with", Beziuk said on Sunday.

She flinches back and giggles seemingly thinking the animal is being playful before sitting at the water's edge But the sea lion then leaps from the water grabs her by the dress before pulling her in.

Prof Andrew Trites, the director of the marine mammal research unit at the University of British Columbia, said the sea lion was not at fault.

He hopes the video of the encounter will teach people not to feed wild animals like sea lions in the future. "But it wasn't food, of course". He says the animals are not inherently unsafe and are not looking to grab people.

This incident isn't the first time a sea lion has dragged a girl into water in recent years.

If you needed a reminder to be cautious around wildlife, this video is all you need to watch.

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