"And you certainly shouldn't be letting your little girl sit on the edge of the dock with her dress hanging down after the sea lion has already snapped at her once".
Reportedly, the girl's family fed the sea lion right before this happened.
Robert Kiesman, Steveston's harbor authority, said this should be a warning to never feed or approach sea lions. Her rescuer hands the girl off before being pulled from the water himself by onlookers.
"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. But Vancouver B.C. harbor officials don't blame the sea lion - instead, they're blasting the family of the girl who was dragged into the water Saturday for "reckless behavior", the Seattle Times reports.
"A huge crowd just started gathering around me, and a young girl came along with her family, and they started feeding the animal just breadcrumbs, and they were getting a little too close to the animal", Fujiwara said. They say doctors might not know about the specific course of treatment that would be required, and want the family to reach out so they can ensure she gets the help she needs.
In the clip, a sea lion is seen swimming by a pier, sticking its head out to the delight of visitors. "We hope she wasn't injured". "If you feed the animals like this you're asking for trouble", he said, but sadly no one pays heed to his words, due to which incidents like these take place. "Give them a lot of space", said Carter.