"The sea lion isn't the problem".
Don't let your children come near it. On Monday, adults and children could be seen hanging over the railings, watching swimming sea lions and taking photos with their cellphones. Some held up their phones to snap pictures.
"It's not Sea World, it's a place where you buy fish", Baziuk said. "Steveston's going to be synonymous with the "Jaws" theme pretty soon". "If you feed the animals like this you're asking for trouble". Identified only by the family's surname, he said his daughter was too close to the sea lion and that she learned her lesson the hard way.
"If any member of our animal care team receives a bite from a sea or sea lion, they take a letter from our vet with them to the hospital, which explains that the infection is resistant to some antibiotics", Lancaster told ABC News, explaining the condition can be "painful and potentially debilitating". She was dragged into the water and nearly instantly pulled to safety by an individual identified as the young girl's grandfather. A man jumps off the dock moments later and lifts the girl up and into safety.
The father of a six-year-old girl who was pulled into a Canadian harbor by a seal has pushed back against criticism of his family.
Fujiwara's video has been viewed millions of times.
The sea lion (seen here at the start of the video) did not re-emerge. The sound of cameras clicking can be heard as onlookers marveled at the animal's size.
But despite the close call, some people are still not giving the sea lion a lot of space.
Tourists stop to take photos on a dock at Steveston Harbour where the girl was dragged into the water. She and the others laugh.
The Saturday incident continues to gain traction on social media, where many have dubbed it #SeaLionGate. "The maximum penalty is a fine of $100,000".
Port officials also have posted more signs along the Steveston dock. "Observe it only from a distance", one of the signs says.
In his comments to CBC, Kiesman went further, saying the girl and her family were being "reckless". The wharf is located in Richmond, British Columbia, where almost 50 percent of residents are Chinese. Males migrate north during the winter season and return to the California and Mexican coastlines during the summer to breed.