I don’t know about you, but I’m terrified of the ocean. The deep blue doesn’t sit well with a lot of people, and with good reason. There are a ton of terrifying predators and unknown monstrosities that haunt the open waters. But one of the more adorable creatures is now posing a threat to us. Sea lions are attacking humans at a record pace, and we should all be terrified.
Most recently, a woman was attacked by a sea lion in the San Francisco Bay, making it the fourth such attack since December. The attack occurred around 7 a.m., when the sea lion took a chomp out of a woman’s leg and tried to drag her underwater.
Luckily, a retired firefighter was nearby and saw what was happening, and was able to rescue the woman. Her injuries weren’t serious, but her friends were still worried about her. Her friend Alica Ma saw the whole thing happen, and was horrified. The victim didn’t want to go to the hospital, “but we convinced her she needed to go,” Ma said.
Local Fire Department Lt. John Baxter wants the public to remain safe while swimming in the San Francisco area. “We’re encouraging the public, if they are swimming, that they swim in pairs and keep a close eye out.”
If we can remain safe, we can go back to thinking of sea lions as the cute little sea creatures we always thought they were.