According to his interview with the Vancouver Sun, Michael Fujiwara was just another spectator of local wildlife Richmond’s Steveston Fisherman Wharf in Canada. A sea lion made its way over to the pier and was being admired by tourists and others nearby. Some of the people were tossing the animal bread crumbs and Fujiwara pulled his phone out to videotape. “I was just sitting by the dock and then this sea lion popped its head out of the water just in front of me. I just took out my cell phone and started filming,” he said.
Although watching the sea lion enjoy the breadcrumbs was entertaining, Fujiwara didn’t think his video was going to be as action-packed as it turned out to be. At one point, the sea lion jumps up into a young girl’s face, which surprised everyone but seemed relatively harmless. Sea lions are known for being intelligent and inquisitive animals, so it wasn’t out of the question for the animal to be interested in those feeding it. However, what they didn’t expect is that it come back, grab the little girl by her dress and pull her into the ocean. Immediately, another spectator, presumably a relative, jumps in after her and pulls her back to safety. It’s unknown whether or not the animal was acting aggressively.
Although everyone remained unharmed at the end, including the sea lion, it does go to show that wild animals are just that – wild. They are unpredictable and there is a reason people are cautioned to appreciate them from a distance. Had the sea lion wanted to, it could very well have dragged this young girl to her death. Thankfully, that’s not what happened, but we do hope that the trauma at least serves as a reminder to be careful around animals – a silver lining to the incident, perhaps.