18 April 2007

When Sea Lions Attack.


A sea lion leaped out of the sea and attacked a 13-year-old girl as she surfed behind a speedboat off Australia's west coast, a newspaper reported Sunday.

A marine scientist said the attack by the sea lion, which can grow to more than 880 pounds in weight but usually stay away from humans, was bizarre and that the sea lion may have been trying to play with the girl.

Ella Murphy had her jaw broken and lost three teeth after the sea lion attacked her on Friday as she was being towed on a surfboard behind a speedboat at Lancelin, a town 80 miles north of the Western Australia state capital of Perth, The Sunday Times newspaper reported.

"This thing just exploded in a full-on, frontal attack," family friend Chris Thomas told the newspaper. "It jumped out of the water at her and hit her head on."

Here's the whole thing, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.


Anonymous Dad said...

It doesn't supriise me. You may remember a few years back when a rabbit swam out to, and then attacked, Jimmy Carter's john boat. Further, I believe the incident took place in South carolina waters

19 April, 2007 14:54  

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