A little girl was left traumatised after a sea lion grabbed her as she sat on the edge of a pier before dragging her underwater
The horrifying incident took place at the Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond B.C., in Canada, as tourists watched the animal looking for fish
Killer Sea lion drags girl into Steveston waters
Footage shows people laughing as the sea lion bobs up and down in the water.
At one point it jumps right up to a young girl who was leaning over the side of the pier to get a better look
She flinches back and giggles – seemingly thinking the animal is being playful – before sitting at the water’s edge
But the sea lion then leaps from the water grabs her by the dress before pulling her in
Onlookers gasp and scream as a man, believed to be a relative, jumps fully clothed into the harbour to rescue her
He lifts her to safety before climbing out himself – clearly shaken by the incident.
The sea lion does not reappear as the completely drenched young girl is led away by relatives