Kayakers were having the times of their lives off New Zealand this week when one of them was interrupted by a clammy slap to the face, courtesy of a brazen fur sea clutching a large octopus in its jaws.
The accompanying footage, captured by Taiyo Masuda off Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island, shows the male New Zealand fur seal break the surface and fling the octopus against a paddler identified by Yahoo 7 News as Kyle Mulinder.
Viewers will note by the kayakers’ reactions that this became the day’s highlight.
Not so for the octopus. Seals sometimes violently shake their prey to tear it into pieces, and in this case the kayaker just happened to be almost precisely where this occurred.
“He thrashed it in mid-fight and my face happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mulinder said.
Wrote Masuda in the YouTube description: “Right around lunchtime, several seals started to swim around, we just thought they were refreshing their body, yet apparently they were seeking more of food.
“One seal swims right next to us, having an octopus in his mouth, pops right up of the surface next to us, then tries to chew up the leg but ended up slapping our face!
“Such a raw moment, brought us so much laugh to all of us all day long… What a day to remember!”