WATCH: Sea Lion Drags Girl Into the Water in Shocking Video
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WATCH: Sea Lion Drags Girl Into the Water in Shocking Video

A shocking video shows the moment a sea lion jumped to the edge of a dock and grabbed a little girl by the dress, dragging her into the water. The girl was pulled out of the water by a quick-thinking man who jumped in after her.

You can watch the stunning video, recorded by Michael Fujiwara and posted to Youtube on May 20, above.

The incident occurred at Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf, in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, Fujiwara said in the caption of the video.

“The girl was rescued by her family members and bystanders. Nobody was injured in the incident,” Fujiwara wrote.

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The moment the sea lion grabbed the girl. (Youtube)

Fujiwara told CBC News he and others were watching the sea lion swimming in the area near the dock. The girl and her family were feeding the animal breadcrumbs.

“The sea lion actually attracted a lot of attention from the visitors there, including the young girl,” he told the Vancouver Sun. “She and her family, I guess, they came, they started feeding the animal bread crumbs or whatever it was, and then I guess the animal got a little too comfortable.”

The sea lion had made an attempt at her before pulling her into the water.

“And it initially jumped up to the girl to read her I guess,” he told the CBC. “And then it came back up a second time, but this time grabbing the girl by the waist and dragging her down into the water.”

Fujiwara said the family left right after the girl was pulled from the water. They have not been identified, and it is not clear if the man who saved her was related to them. He has also not been named.

“They were pretty shaken up,” Fujiwara told the CBC. “Her family were just in shock.”

Andrew Trites, the director of the University of British Columbia’s Marine Mammal Research, puts the blame on the family, not the sea lion.

“My first reaction to the video is just how stupid some people can be to not treat wildlife with proper respect,” he told the CBC. “This was a male California sea lion. They are huge animals. They are not circus performers. They’re not trained to be next to people.”

Trites said the animal appears to be used to people feeding it, which he said is an issue. He says he hopes the encounter teachers people to not feed wild animals like sea lions.

“The little girl has her back to the sea lion and it would appear that the sea lion sees part of her dress, thinks it’s food, reaches up, grabs at the food and pulls her in by the dress. But it wasn’t food of course,” he told the CBC. “You keep your distance. Watch the animals, but let wildlife be wildlife.”

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Anonymous

“The little girl has her back to the sea lion and it would appear that the sea lion sees part of her dress, thinks it’s food, reaches up, grabs at the food and pulls her in by the dress.”

What an idiot, another expert who didn’t bother to watch the whole video!! The penguin snapped at her face whiles she was looking at it – @1:22-1:25 – disproves his little theory.

Andrew Trites, go back and watch the WHOLE video. Jerk!

JOHN MAYOR...

Idiot? Penguin? “Whiles”? “Disproves”? Theory? Jerk?
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What makes you think Andrew Trites didn’t witness the whole video?… and, that he’s offering up some “knee jerk response”/ “knee jerk theory” to what he’s seen? He’s simply made a comment on the specific event whereat the girl was pulled into the water!
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AnnoyingMouse!… it appears YOU’VE come up with some “THEORY” as to the nature and purpose of Andrew Trites’ comment! And!… for you not to know the difference between a sea lion and a PENGUIN, begs the question as to WHO is being the JERK here!… Andrew Trites?… or AnnoyingMouse? As for your label IDIOT, I’d direct Heavy readers to the following…
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FORMAL CLASSICAL ASCRIPTION OF IDIOS
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The Greek morpheme, idios (from the Greek, ἴδιος… for one’s own, personal, private!) is an expression that has been sorely abused, and misused, over centuries of “pejorative ascriptions” by countless thoughtless souls! The Greek “idios”, refers… PURELY!… to “one’s individuality”, or “one’s membership in the family of individuals”! To have subsumed this expression within the “pejorative ascriptions” that bend… yea, break!… the simple “linguistic morphemic narrative” of the word for “personal” and “individual”, is to impose an informal semantic colloquialism– indeed, slang!– that was never originally a part of the original “FORMAL ASCRIPTION” of/ for this term!
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For example, the Greek suffixal morphemic element “-sis”, pertains to the “state”, “condition”, or “process” of something! When added to the term idios, we get the term IDIOSIS… i.e., the “state”, “condition”, or “process” of “one’s own person” or “one’s own individuality”! And!… when adding the adjectival suffixal morphemic element of -sis (i.e., “-tic”!… for “PERTAINING TO” the “state”, “condition”, or “process” of “one’s own person” or “one’s own individuality”!) to idios (creating “IDIOTIC”!), we run into a contemporary “pejorative ascription”, THAT HAS N-O-T-H-I-N-G T-O D-O WITH THE PROPER INTERPRETATION OF “IDIOTIC”!
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According to the Bauer-Danker Lexicon, the noun ίδιωτής in ancient Greek, meant, “civilian (ref Josephus Bell 2 178)”/ “private citizen (ref sb 3924 9 25)”! What we’ve recieved, instead!… however!… is an informal “PEJORATIVE COLLOQUIAL/ SLANG semantic ascription” for this term, that imposes a meaning that was never a part of the CLASSICAL FORMAL NEOLOGISM! And compounding this etymologic confusion, are the problems associated with an attempt to add the Greek suffixal morphemic elements, -is, and variants of etes (for agent!… and agency!)– such as, -et, -ete, -tes, -te, and even -t!– to idios! And so… when removing/ replacing the suffixal morphemic character -s from idios, and attempting to add the suffixal morphemic element -t (again… for agent, and agency!), we also run into this “PEJORATIVE ASCRIPTION”!… rather, than a NORMAL CLASSICAL ASCRIPTION, that reads, “an agent of one’s own person, or individuality”, or the “agency of one’s own person, or individuality”! And further, although one can simply add the suffixal morphemic element -ic (for “pertaining to”!… from the Greek, ik-os!… -ic, a softened, and clipped version of “ik” [the usage -os, referring to that which is “characteristic of”, or “abounding in”!]!) to idiot (to form “idiotic”!… i.e., “pertaining to one’s own personal agency”, or “pertaining to the agency of one’s own individuality”!)!… doing so, will result in the social imposition/ juxtaposition of a PEJORATIVE COLLOQUIAL/ SLANG, that will render this otherwise useful term, useless!
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This abuse of idios, has resulted in an inability to incorporate other simple suffixal morphemic elements which are based upon this CLASSICAL FORMAL term!… and, has meant the loss of several other possible Classical Formal Ascriptions for this word! And!… which could have– would have!– fostered our historic and contemporary knowledge and understanding of the notion of the PERSON!… the INDIVIDUAL! An utterly regrettable loss!… and all due, unfortunately, to our sad preoccupation with PEJORATIVE ASCRIPTIONS! That is!… thus far!
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And so!… yes!… Andrew Trites, is an “individual”!
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