A young girl was dragged into the water by a sea lion at Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond, western Canada. The sea lion can be seen latching on to the girl’s dress with its teeth before forcefully pulling her into the water.
The man who shot heart stopping video of a sea lion snatching a little girl off a Vancouver-area wharf says at first he froze. “I was just in shock. I didn’t know what to do at first,” Michael Fujiwara said a day after he shot the video on Saturday.
Michael Fujiwara was sitting on a dock at the Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond, British Columbia on Saturday, when the California sea lion popped its head out of the water, he grabbed his phone and started shooting video.
He says the animal attracted a lot of attention and the girl and her family came to the edge of the dock.
“Her family started feeding the animal and the sea lion started to become comfortable,” Fujiwara said. In the video, you can hear people laughing and whistling at sea lion and holding their hands over the water, as if they were holding a treat.
“Everyone just thought it was super friendly and all, but seconds later the girl decided to sit on the side of the dock and that’s when the sea lion decided to jump out and drag her into the water,” Fujiwara said.
The child was rescued by a bystander and, although visibly shaken. The family was visibly shaken by the incident, Fujiwara added, and immediately left the area.
Fujiwara posted the video online Saturday and by Sunday afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 2.6 million times on YouTube, and shared more than 700 times on Twitter.
Bob Baziuk, the general manager of the Steveston Harbour Authority, told CNN that the girl and her rescuer were not hurt, and that he is trying to get more information about the incident.