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Watch: Man and Sea Lion's Unexpected Encounter Ends in Fish Meal for Creature

Video grab of sea lion eating.
(Credit: Twitter/ @TomBoadle)

Video grab of sea lion eating. (Credit: Twitter/ @TomBoadle)

The cheeky visitor, a sea lion, left the boatman and his crew laughing at the bizarre situation.

A clip featuring a man feeding fish to birds in the sea has been doing rounds on social media platforms. An unexpected surprise, midway through the viral video, has won netizens’ hearts. The clip opens with a man on a boat handing out free food to several birds gathered in the sky. As the flying birds spot the man, they all inch closer to the boat to have their share of the treat. The man is seen pulling out fish from a container and feeding the birds following the boat.

However, moments later, an unexpected guest pops up in the middle of the session to join the feast. Few seconds into the video, a sea lion managed to get on top of the boat after spotting the container the fish were coming from. The creature, who could not resist the man’s generosity, pulled its entire body and rested its flippers on the back of the boat. Next, the sea lion plunged its entire head into the small container with stored fish, which it seemingly decided was a magical, fish-producing hole. As it went on to munch on the fish, the boatman quickly started serving the sea lion. The boatman was clearly amused at the sight and so treated the visitor to a couple of fish of its own. But what you see is the sea lion treating it like its own personal all-you-can-eat buffet.

The video concludes with the sea lion directly scoffing from the container before sliding back down into the water after a satisfying meal. The cheeky visitor left the boatman and his crew laughing at the bizarre situation. The man later checked the container to see but it seems the sea lion had cleaned it up entirely.

The 1.36-minute clip was shared on Twitter by journalist Tom Boadle. Shared on March 21, the post garnered over 9.8 million views and tons of comments. Since being posted online, the video has left netizens amused. Users of the micro-blogging site found the clip amusing and left laughing emojis in the comments section. Many felt the unexpected guest appearance was delightful. Others were intrigued by the way the birds, identified as “pacific brown pelicans” by some, followed the boat. A few seemed obsessed over the manner the sea lion ate all the fish.

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first published:March 23, 2021, 20:35 IST