Seal slaps kayaker with octopus in incredible viral video
Taiyo Masuda was on a GoPro-funded kayaking trip off the coast of New Zealand when he shot the now viral video of the seal slapping the fellow kayaker with an octopus
According to a recent news update, a filmmaker, who was testing out his newly launched camera during a kayaking trip captured quite a surprising moment. He captured footage of a seal slapping a fellow adventurer with a live octopus, according to USA Today. Taiyo Masuda was on a GoPro-funded kayaking trip off the coast of New Zealand when he shot the now viral video.
It all happened in an instant, Masuda said. One moment he was enjoying his kayaking trip, and the next moment he saw the seal surfacing near the kayaker with the octopus in tow. Next, he saw the seal whipping its head, in the process smacking the boater with the mollusk, following which the man was left pretty stunned.
According to Yahoo7, the man who got smacked by the seal was Kyle Mulinder and he said that he was just as stunned as he looked at the video: “I was like, 'mate, what just happened?'”
But, for all those who were as bewildered by the seal's behavior as Mulinder himself, there is quite a reasonable explanation for the seal's actions. According to Rochelle Constantine, an associate professor at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, there is a valid explanation, although not a very pleasant one.
In Constantine's view, the seal wasn't really trying to slap the man with the octopus. Instead, the seal was probably trying to rip the tentacles of the octopus off with the force of the throw, and the man was in its way, she said in an email, the publication reported.
"I have seen seals doing this before, it's not an unusual sight but normally there isn't a person in the way," she wrote. "Often we see (seals) swallowing the tentacle at the surface like a large strand of spaghetti."
She further added that seals often tend to repeat the action multiple times, in the process of ripping off one tentacle at a time. It is then that the seal proceeds to eat the rest of the dead animal's body. "It's a good meal, especially when they get a large octopus as shown in this footage," she wrote.
But all the morbid explanations aside, the viral video managed to produce a lot of laughs from people around the world, especially Masuda and Mulinder. "We instantly started laughing so (hard), we were talking about this all week," Masuda wrote in an email.
He said his kayaking trip was part of a launch event for the GoPro HERO7 camera. GoPro too has shared a video of the incident on their social media profiles, where it's been viewed thousands of times by people all over. Speaking to Australia’s Seven News, Mulinder said that he and his friends had been watching a seal tussle with a large octopus near their kayaks when suddenly the seal burst out of the water with the animal lodged between its jaws.
“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,” Mulinder told the news channel, the Guardian reported. “I was like ‘mate, what just happened?’ It was weird because it happened so fast but I could feel all the octopus on my face.”