A SEA LION that jumped and splashed around three young people at Falcon Bay amazed onlookers yesterday .
Video of the sea lion approaching the trio was posted on the Facebook page Mandurah Q and A last night. The sea lion played around the boys for a few minutes.
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Despite the surreal experience for onlookers, Department of Parks and Wildlife senior wildlife officer Doug Coughran said the boys should have distanced themselves from the sea lion.
“This was a juvenile Australian sea lion,” he said.
“While they may appear playful, they can get aggressive.”
Mr Coughran said people should stay 10m away from wild animals and if approached, they should remove themselves.
“This sea lion looks innocent enough, but they can give people a nasty bite,” he said.
“People should not engage with them.
“If people mimic the sea lions behaviour, the sea lion can view this as threatening.”
Mr Coughran said a girl in Albany almost lost her leg after she was bitten by a sea lion.
“They have nasty bugs in their teeth,” he said.