Remarkable footage of the moment a New Zealand fur seal slaps a stunned kayaker in the face with an octopus has gone viral.
Taiyo Masuda was paddling off the coast of Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island, when he inadvertently became entangled in a battle between a bull seal and the octopus it wanted for lunch.
Floating along with a group of kayakers, the seal emerges from the ocean and flings an octopus at his mate Kyle Mulinder.
Speaking to Yahoo7, Kyle said:
We were just sitting out in the middle of the ocean and then this huge male seal appeared with an octopus and he was thrashing him about for ages.
According to Kyle, the fight between the seal and octopus disappeared beneath the water again before coming back up, with the seal whipping the octopus right into his face.
He thrashed it in mid fight and my face happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I was like ‘mate, what just happened?’ It was weird because it happened so fast but I could feel all the hard parts of the octopus on my face like ‘dum dum dum’.
After the slap, however, the fight wasn’t over, as the octopus attached itself to Kyle’s kayak, and he could only get it off with the help of the others around him.
Though this seal is obviously taking his anger out on the octopus and kayaker, one seal in the US has been spotted putting that energy to good use, and training with the Navy.
Check out the viral video for yourself below:
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