Port chief: Parents of girl snatched by sea lion allowed 'reckless behavior'

Port chief: Parents of girl snatched by sea lion allowed 'reckless behavior'

Port chief: Parents of girl snatched by sea lion allowed 'reckless behavior'

It then rises from the water toward a little girl kneeling near the dock, then goes back in. Fujiwara's video did not clearly show any blood or broken skin.

"My first reaction to the video is just how stupid some people can be to not treat wildlife with proper respect", Andrew Trites, the director of the University of British Columbia's Marine Mammal Research Unit, told the CBC.

California sea lions have sharp teeth that could easily break human skin. If that sea lion ever got a chance he'd drag you and every one you care about into the water.

The animal swims closer to the dock after grabbing a piece of food that someone threw.

A man, believed to be a family member, jumps after her and brings her back to the embankment amid screams by bystanders.

"Sea lions can carry some really nasty bacteria in their mouth. But it happened and now that video is the poster child for why you don't (feed the sea lions)", Baziuk said.

"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".

"When we see performing animals, like at the circus, we get false information about whether animals like to be around people".

As for how people should react when encountering sea lions, Trites gave the CBC simple advice.

Bob Beziuk, a general manager of the harbor, told PEOPLE that sea lions will engage with visitors if they are fed - but they're still risky wild animals.

According to Danielle Hyson, a senior marine mammal trainer for the Vancouver Aquarium, the sea lion was getting "increasingly frustrated" as the feeding stopped.

"It's not Sea World, it's a place where you buy fish". "If you feed the animals like this you're asking for trouble". Witnesses say the family looked shaken up afterward.

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