VIDEO captured the shocking moment a sea lion went from playful to predator in the blink of an eye.

The shocking footage was taken as people enjoyed the sunshine at Steveston’s Dock in Richmond, Canada yesterday.
Student Michael Fujiwara decided to film the scene as several people gathered to admire the playful looking creature as it swam in the water just off the dock.
In the clip a crowd begins to form around the animal and feed it breadcrumbs as it comes closer.
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FOOD: The sea lion grabs the little girl and drags her into the cold water

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ATTACK: The sea lion leaps from the water and grabs the little girl

But the fun suddenly turns to terror as the mammal leaps out of the water and suddenly grabs a little girl in a white dress sitting on the edge of the jetty.
It pulls her into the cold water in a flash as the crowd gasps in horror.
A man then jumps into the water to grab the girl and before lifting her up to safety onto the dock again.
Mr Fujiwara told local media: “It initially jumped up to the girl to read her I guess.
"And then it came back up a second time, but this time grabbing the girl by the waist and dragging her down into the water."
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HERO: The unknown man jumped into the water to save the little girl
He said he didn’t not know if the man who jumped into the water to rescue the girl was related to her.
Thankfully nobody was injured in the incident, but the girl and those with her left immediately after getting her back on the dock.
"They were pretty shaken up," he said. "Her family were just in shock."
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TERROR: The little girl is pulled into the cold water
An expert believes the sea lion might have mistaken the girl for food and that it shouldn’t be blamed for the terrifying incident.
Andrew Trites, the director of UBC's Marine Mammal Research Unit, said: "My first reaction to the video is just how stupid some people can be to not treat wildlife with proper respect.
“This was a male California sea lion. They are huge animals. They are not circus performers. They're not trained to be next to people.
"The little girl has her back to the sea lion and it would appear that the sea lion sees part of her dress, thinks it's food, reaches up, grabs at the food and pulls her in by the dress. But it wasn't food of course."


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