WATCH: Seal snatches girl from dock in shocking footage

By Lara Atson
23 May 2017

At one point the sea lion jumps up to the girl but still appears to be playful. Then when she goes to sit on the edge of the dock the unthinkable happens.

This video will definitely make you think twice the next time you want to take a selfie with an animal.

A little girl was sitting on the edge of the dock at a harbour in the seaside town of Richmond, Canada when a sea lion grabbed her from behind and pulled her into the water.

The girl and her family had been walking on the dock when they moved closer to feed the sea lion some bread crumbs, says Michael Fujiwara, a resident of Vancouver who witnessed the incident at Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf.

“They definitely went too close to the animal,” adds Michael, who filmed the nightmarish incident on his cell phone camera. The video clip has since spread like wildfire online and has been watched more than 7 million times on YouTube.

In the video you can hear people laughing and you can see them feeding the seal.

At one point the sea lion jumps up to the girl but still appears to be playful. Then when she goes to sit on the edge of the dock the unthinkable happens.

He jumps up again, grabs the girl’s dress and pulls her into the water.

A man, believed to be a member of the family, jumps in after her before bystanders pull him and the girl out of the water. The family then walks nonchalantly away without saying anything else.

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