A woman who has been called "the Karen of the seas" caused outrage online after she told a sea lion to get off her boat. The sea creature found refuge on her boat after a group of orcas tried to catch it.
In a viral video, a woman documented her experience with a sea lion who decided to seek safety on her boat. The woman attempted to get the animal off her boat and back into the water. This behavior sparked a debate online.
The clip showcases at least three orcas swimming around and beneath the boat. As the woman tried to convince the sea lion to leave her boat, many knew that almost certain death awaited the animal.
Sea lion climbs aboard a boat to escape orcas circling in the water | Photo: Twitter/keyon
THE HEATED ONLINE REACTION
A user called @nutabull originally posted the video, but it was removed from TikTok. Now, commenters have reignited its popularity on Twitter, and there are varying opinions.
The video shows a terrified sea lion and the boat's captain as she panicked and asked: "Did you see what just came up on my boat?" It is believed the incident took place this month near Vancouver Island, close to the Canadian Pacific coast.
DIDN'T SAVE THE ANIMAL
One user wrote: "You have a chance to [be] a hero for that animal." Orcas are known to be intelligent predators that don't stop until they get to their desired meals. The groups can work together to create waves and even tip over small boats.
COULDN'T DRIVE THE BOAT AWAY
Users pointed out that the woman should have turned on her engine and driven herself and the seal to safety. Someone expressed: "You're on a boat. How about start the engine and move away?"
However, some netizens stated it was illegal to switch on boat engines when orcas were close by. This is because the orcas, who are an endangered species, could be hurt in the process.
PEOPLE SIDED WITH THE WOMAN
Many people also sided with the woman and indicated it was the "circle of life." A user said: "That's what the whales eat!! What else is she supposed to do??"
Despite this, the heated debate continued, and an array of viewers remained adamant that the woman acted incorrectly. Netizens were also curious about how things unfolded, and they hoped that the sea creature was okay.
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