Shocking Video Of Sea Lion Grabbing Little Girl And Dragging Her Off The Dock
In a video posted to YouTube on May 20th, 2017, by a young man named Michael Fujiwara, we see a little girl grabbed by a sea lion and pulled right off the dock and dragged into the water in British Columbia. I myself have had several encounters with sea lions in Washington State along the Columbia River, where these animals have taken salmon off my fishing line, while I was reeling them onto shore after catching them.
At the Bonneville Dam between Washington and Oregon on the Columbia river, seal lions have learned to wait by the fish ladders for the Spring and Fall salmon runs. Because they are a protected species, state wildlife authorities try to discourage them with non-lethal devises (i.e. blank shotgun shells), because they have caused so many problems for sport and commercial fisherman alike. Sea Lions also attack and have wreaked havoc among the White Sturgeon population.
In an article by the Seattle Times they write:
The terrifying video of a sea lion snatching a little girl off the edge of a dock and yanking her into murky British Columbia seawater last week is buzzing across the internet and social media today — and drawing some critical insights.
Michael Fujiwara, a college student from Vancouver, B.C., captured the video Saturday at the Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond. It shows the large male sea lion suddenly lurching and pulling the girl into the water, with a man jumping in after the child to save her. There reportedly were no injuries.