Sea lions people see in aquariums may look tame, but they can be aggressive.
A young girl narrowly escaped serious injury after she was dragged into the sea by a wild sea lion.
The incident took place at Steveston wharf in Richmond, British Columbia, Apple Daily reports.
A video of the incident was posted to YouTube by a man named Michael Fujiwara who said the girl speaks Mandarin.
In the clip, a sea lion is seen swimming by a pier, sticking its head out to the delight of visitors.
A girl is next shown trying to get close to the animal to feed it. She sits on the embankment whereupon the animal seizes her by her dress and pulls her into the harbor.
A man, believed to be a family member, jumps after her and brings her back to the embankment amid screams by bystanders.
Marine mammal expert Andrew Trites identified the animal as a male California sea lion. It is not like other creatures that are trained for entertainment, he said.
Trites said humans should not disturb wild animals like this.
Canadian law prohibits people, except fishermen, from getting close to marine mammals.
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