If it swims in the ocean it must not be trusted. This rule applies to “man-eating” sharks, to rapist dolphins, to sneaky stingrays, heartless jellyfish and crusty, grumpy, mean-spirited surfers. Jerky, rude, foul surfers.
Sea lions too.
And I’ve always been very wary of the aquatic pitbulls. They don’t look nice, that’s for certain, but a tourist in Western Australia felt differently after locals told her that region’s sea lions were gentle creatures.
Well, as one does in Western Australia, she went swimming in a pack of them with her friend. It was such a wonderful pleasure she returned and repeated the activity for a second day. Even better than the first and so back for a third when a savage beast turned on her and…
“…all of a sudden, all I saw was a sea lion in front of me, and when I turned my back, he bit me.
“It was on the back of my right leg, and straight away I could see he had drawn blood.”
The tourists didn’t think the animals were dangerous, or that a tour guide was needed to swim in the area.
“Locals had told us that the sea lions were friendly, and that many went there without a tour guide or anything like that,” she said.
“It was an amazing experience, as they liked to dance with us, playing and jumping out of the water.”
But when a sea lion decided to have a taste of the backpacker, she was in a state of shock.
“The pain was shock – I couldn’t really feel thanks to the adrenaline, but I couldn’t swim to get out of the water.”
Thankfully Ms. Precillia was with her friend who took her to a hospital which charged her nearly $5000 dollars because sea lions contain a rare bacteria in their mouths very bad for human beings.
The moral of this story?