We all know that New Zealand is the home of adventure tourism offering limitless thrills and excitement, but imagine the adrenaline rush you would get if you’re slapped with an octopus by a seal that emerges from the sea! In this rarest of the rare case, a seal slapped a kayaker, with a fully-grown, large octopus. The man was left stunned! This funny yet bizarre moment took place off the coast of Kaikōura, New Zealand. It was captured on a GoPro camera, turning it instantly viral on social media.
Here’s the video of the hilarious incident we are talking about:
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The kayaker namely Kyle Mulinder said:
“[The seal] thrashed it in mid fight and my face happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,”
He quoted to Yahoo:
“I was like ‘mate, what just happened?’ 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,”
Right after the ‘slap’, the seal disappeared into the waters, while the octopus who’d won the ‘battle’ held on to the bottom of Kyle’s kayak. Only with the help of another kayaker could Kyle relieve his kayak.
Kyle Mulinder is a content creator of GoPro and was kayaking with other content creators to test ‘Hero 7’, the company’s latest camera.
Kaikōura is a popular kayaking destination letting tourists spot dusky dolphins and magnificent whales in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Fur seals relaxing on the rocks is a common sight as well! New Zealand, as a whole, is a paradise for thrill-seekers offering them outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, snorkelling and diving. Hotspots like Sky Tower, Lake Taupo, Fiordland National Park are worth your time too.
What’s the science behind this incident?
The seal was, but of course, not purposely trying to slap the kayaker. Instead, the kayaker got into the way of an inter-specie fight. According to Rochelle Constantine, an associate professor at School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, the seal was probably trying to rip the octopus’ tentacle off with the force of the throw.