A kayaker got the shock of his life after encountering a seal during a trip across the water. The bold seal emerged unexpectedly from the depths below in the midst of a fierce battle with another sea creature, a large octopus. Kyle Mulinder was suddenly in the middle of an epic battle, and he didn’t escape unscathed.
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The incident took place along the coast of Kaikoura, an area on the South Island of New Zealand. According to a report by the Daily Mail, the group of kayakers was testing a GoPro, which happened to be running during the bizarre assault.
Mulinder stated that he was paddling across the water with several other kayakers when a seal seemed to spring up from out of nowhere.
“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,” said Mulinder during an interview.
As the pair of sea creatures battled, the seal managed to launch the octopus into the air. As the octopus whipped around, it struck Mulinder directly in the face.
“I was like, ‘Mate, what just happened?” said Mulinder as he described the incident.
“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.’”
Mulinder winced when he was hit, and even screamed out in surprise, causing his fellow kayakers to erupt in laughter.
While he says that the octopus certainly put up a good fight, the seal was ultimately victorious.