Woman kicks sea lion from boat after being surrounded by killer whales
A viral TikTok shows a ship captain trying to chase a sea lion from his boat after orcas quickly surrounded him. A furious debate has erupted with some criticizing the woman for attempting to coax the seal into certain death.
The video was first posted to TikTok by @nutabull, but has been removed. He found new life and a fervent Twitter following through @keyon and others.
The footage details a panicked woman seeing a sea lion on her boat. TikToker’s page @nutabull shows that it is located on Vancouver Island, near the Pacific coast of Canada.
“What the fuck is, no, no, no, no,” said the woman. “Did you see what just happened on my boat?” “
She says to the animal: “You have to go!” However, she also seems to understand what those consequences would be – certain death for the sea lion by a small group of orcas. Some viewers thought she should have done more to save the sea lion.
Orcas are considered friendly by humans, which is because we tame them for entertainment. However, they are known peak predators. They will work together, even rocking the boats to get to their desired meals.
“Oh my God, I don’t know what to do,” the original poster says in the video.
Some have asked why the woman just hadn’t turned on her boat and accelerated to safety. In some coves and harbors, especially those known to be home to certain species, it may be illegal to turn on engines as it could injure, for example, orcas.
A second video shows killer whales swimming with the sea lion very happy to sit on the edge of the woman’s boat safely.
“I really like the way the sea lion is like ‘no you’ll have it in a minute, but I’m * not * moving *’,” @samthielman tweeted.
The comments on the videos were hilarious, with most people sympathizing with the woman’s decision.
A commentator tweeted: “She said, ‘you can’t be here’ and the sea lion was like, ‘bitch, are you blind ?!’
The Daily Dot has reached out to @nutabull for comment.
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* First published: Sep 26, 2021, 11:12 a.m. CDT
Kahron Spearman is a music / film critic and copywriter. His feature film work can be regularly found in ‘The Austin Chronicle’.