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Seal slaps kayaker in the face with an octopus

By T.K. Randall
September 28, 2018 · Comment icon 13 comments

This must have hurt. Image Credit: Instagram / taiyomasuda / Kyle Mulinder
A kayaker in New Zealand got the shock of his life when a seal suddenly 'attacked' him in a very unexpected way.
Kyle Mulinder had been enjoying a day out on the ocean with his friends off the coast of Kaikoura when they noticed the seaborne mammal wrestling with a large octopus in the water nearby.

Suddenly, without warning, the seal lurched out of the water next to his kayak and slapped him square in the face with the cephalopod before disappearing again beneath the waves.
"I was like 'mate, what just happened?'" Mulinder told Australia's Seven News. "It was weird because it happened so fast but I could feel all the hard parts of the octopus on my face."

Luckily, his boat had been equipped with a camera which managed to capture the incident on film.

According to wildlife experts, the reason the seal slapped him was because, far from holding a grudge, it was simply trying to stun or tear up the octopus by forcefully hitting it against a solid object.

Source: Irish Times | Comments (13)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters 4 years ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
The kayaker must have had a John Cleesey face ... ~
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer 4 years ago
Then the squid was going ALLY ALLY OX IN FREE!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hawken 4 years ago
The Kayaker got his Seal Of Approval...
Comment icon #8 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
Cool! Free dinner.
Comment icon #9 Posted by bowserdog 4 years ago
seals do this all the time .he was just in the right place at thr wrong time ,,
Comment icon #10 Posted by Eldorado 4 years ago
*snip* Sorry! was posting something that's already been posted.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Black Monk 4 years ago
Comment icon #12 Posted by DieChecker 4 years ago
Apparently this guy's head was the hardest thing this seal could find.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Codenwarra 4 years ago
Here's that six quid I owe you (I'll get me coat)

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