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Seal slaps kayaker in the face with an octopus


Posted on Friday, 28 September, 2018 | Comment icon 14 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 (14)

Tags: Octopus, Seal

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by seanjo on 28 September, 2018, 13:31
I thought the seal might be a Python fan.
Comment icon #6 Posted by third_eye on 28 September, 2018, 13:36
The kayaker must have had a John Cleesey face ... ~
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 28 September, 2018, 15:16
Then the squid was going ALLYALLY OX IN FREE!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hawken on 28 September, 2018, 18:53
The Kayaker got his Seal Of Approval...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Seti42 on 28 September, 2018, 20:08
Cool! Free dinner.
Comment icon #10 Posted by bowserdog on 28 September, 2018, 23:42
seals do this all the time .he was just in the right place at thr wrong time ,,
Comment icon #11 Posted by Eldorado on 29 September, 2018, 11:09
*snip* Sorry! was posting something that's already been posted.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Black Monk on 29 September, 2018, 11:14
Comment icon #13 Posted by DieChecker on 29 September, 2018, 11:39
Apparently this guy's head was the hardest thing this seal could find.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Codenwarra on 30 September, 2018, 5:10
Here's that six quid I owe you (I'll get me coat)


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