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Watch| Sea lion grabs girl off dock, pulls her into water

The sea lion shot up, grabbed girl’s dress and pulled her into the water as people screamed.

world Updated: May 22, 2017 09:00 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Richmond, British Columbia
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The sea lion grabbed the girl and dragged her into water.(Photo: Video Grab from YouTube)

A college student has startling video of a sea lion snatching a girl off a dock and yanking her into the water on Canada’s West Coast.

It happened Saturday in Richmond, a Vancouver suburb. University student Michael Fujiwara tells CBC News that some people started feeding the animal breadcrumbs.

In Fujiwara’s video , the sea lion pops up toward the girl as bystanders laugh. Then she sits by the pier’s edge. In an instant, the massive mammal shoots up, grabs her dress and pulls her into the water as people scream.

The sea lion disappears as a man plunges into the water and helps the girl out. She doesn’t appear injured and walks away with adults.

Marine mammal expert Andrew Trites says the sea lion presumably thought the dress was food.

First Published: May 22, 2017 08:59 IST