Sea lion grabs girl and pulls her underwater from pier
In the video, taken at Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond, British Columbia, a California sea lion is seen inching closer to a group of people admiring it from a dock.
The animal is seen stealthily sticking its head in and out of the water as it approached the crowd who was cheering for it to swim near them, while pieces of food — presumably thrown in by the crowd — are floating in the water.
The video then shows a man putting his hand out, seemingly to urge the animal to come closer and show itself.
The sea lion then jumps out and back into the water after getting dangerously close to a young girl who was looking over the harbor — prompting claps and laughter from the group.
But when the girl sits at the edge of the harbor to get an even closer look, the animal springs up grabs a hold of her dress and forcefully yanks her backward into the water as onlookers scream in horror. Spectators are heard yelling “Oh my God!” repeatedly.