Sea lion attacks kayaker with octopus

In an extraordinary incident, a sea lion flung an octopus at a young man kayaking near a New Zealand shore, and was caught live on a digital camera. The clip went viral around the world. National Public Radio’s Rachel Cohen followed up with a wonderfully thorough and appropriately playful story. Check it out: it’s astonishing:

Turns out what the sea lion (mistakenly identified originally as a seal) was doing was playing with his food. And also smacking it on the surface or any nearby rocks or such, to break it up and make it more edible.

(Hey, it’s the weekend! Enjoy.)

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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