A young girl pulled off a Richmond, B.C. dock over the weekend by a sea lion is receiving medical treatment for a wound sustained in the incident.
"It's a mistake to feed them".
In an interview with the CBC, the father of the girl pulled into the water denied that anyone in the family was feeding the animal.
The girl was seen on video shrieking as she was dragged into the cold water.
Failing that, many parents, who were witnessed dangling their children over the edge of the wharf in desperate bids for child endangerment, opined that they simply wanted the sea lion to snatch away their offspring and be done with them.
A sea lion swims past behind her, then comes back, propels itself out of the water, grabs her with its mouth and pulls her into the ocean. Onlookers can be heard screaming in horror as a man immediately jumped into the water to save the girl.
The harbor's general manager said he is shocked - and concerned - by the crowd.
'This is where fishermen sell their catch direct to public, it's not SeaWorld, ' he said. Once they stopped, the sea lion got frustrated.
Lau says he finally spoke out to defend the family's actions - but did concede the tot got too close to the animal.
That glee turns to terror a few seconds later, when the seal lunges again - grabbing the girl and yanking her backwards into the water.
The viral video garnered worldwide headlines, with the likes of news anchor Stephen Colbert reporting on the incident at the 2:25 mark.
He added that the grandfather's quick thinking likely saved his daughter's life. 'That reaction makes him a hero'.
"Only thing I care is God, she is safe". God, I didn't miss out anyone from my family at that moment, ' he said.
The sea lion appears to have been drawn to the dock on Saturday by adults who were reportedly throwing bread crumbs into the water.
"The sea lion isn't the problem".
There have been reports of aggressive attacks on humans in the past though it is not known if the animal was trying to harm the girl. The first part of the footage shows the sea lion swimming near the dock as tourists gathered around.