"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 had already snapped at her once".
A man dives in nearly immediately to retrieve the girl, who doesn't appear to be injured. The alarming snatching of the girl occurs at about 1.35 of the video above.
The girl was feeding the animal when she was yanked underwater by the sea mammal.
Then a young girl leans over the edge of the wharf to get a closer look and the sea lion pokes his head up to get closer to her.
Fujiwara told CBC news that the family left the dock immediately after the incident.More news: Ivanka and Jared 'get rabbinic permission to fly on Shabbat'
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Alert family members quickly fished the startled girl out of the water unharmed.
Fujiwara said he goes to the dock regularly but has never seen anything like what he captured in the video.
"My first reaction to the video is just how stupid some people can be to not treat wildlife with proper respect", Trites said. "We believe the incident involving a child and sea lion is a rare and isolated occurrence and we would not expect to see it happen again". They are not circus performers. "They are fearful and keep their distance from people unless they've been habitually conditioned to expect food", he said.
"All of a sudden, the sea lion jumped up, grabbed her by the waist and just dragged her down into the water", he says. "But it wasn't food of course".
Fujiwara claims people were feeding the sea lion breadcrumbs, something Steveston Harbour Authority GM Bob Baziuk warns against. Such animals, he added, are not naturally unsafe. "Watch the animals, but let wildlife be wildlife", he added.
He says the harbor is on the sea lions' migratory route and that males sometimes swim into the area looking for free food.