A sea lion was captured on video dragging a young girl into the water at a wharf in Richmond, B.C.

In the video, posted to YouTube by Vancouver’s Michael Fujiwara, the sea lion surfaces near the dock at Steveston Fisherman Wharf, and swims about looking harmless. No doubt it was drawn by the fish — this is an area, after all, that was once nicknamed Salmonopolis.

But after surveying the area and discovering no fish, the sea lion surprises everyone by approaching a young girl then, suddenly, biting down on her dress and dragging her backwards into the water.

It’s a shocking moment — one that Fujiwara was lucky to capture on video. “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 cellphone and started filming,” he said.


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