The marine mammal appears to have been drawn to the dock by adults who were reportedly throwing bread crumbs into the water. They may look cute but they are, at the end of the day, wild animals.
After the sea lion retreated back into the water, the audience is left laughing. Well, the sea lion lunged forward out of the water and was almost face-to-face with the girl before retreating back into the water. But for some reason, she sat on the wall near the water, after which the sea creature pounced at her once again, grabbed her by the dress and pulled her into the water.
Andrew Trites of the Marine mammal Unit of the University of British Columbia later said that "as a rule, sea lions don't attack, but was in search of food". "We were all pretty shaken up", Fujiwara told BuzzFeed News.
"All of a sudden, the sea lion jumped up, grabbed her by the waist and just dragged her down into the water", he says.
However, things took a scary turn as the young girl approached the edge of the pier.
"These are animals that are hunters", Boehm said.
Fortunately, the young girl was pulled from the water immediately by a family member.