But for some reason, she sat on the wall near the water, after which the sea creature pounced at her once again, grabbed her by the dress and pulled her into the water.
It is a viral video that grabs the heart of any parent.
Fujiwara says he goes once a week to the docks, sees sea lions often, but has never witnessed anything like what he was able to capture on video.
After the sea lion retreated back into the water, the audience is left laughing. As you can see in the video below the crowds were thrilled to get to see the sea creature up close but the excitement soon turned to terror when the sea lion made an unexpected move. What was probably posturing was interpreted as playfulness by the family because they kept trying to feed it as their daughter sat on the edge of the dock. "Her family was just in shock".
However, this group would soon learn this sea lion is anything but harmless.
Bob Beziuk, a general manager of the harbor, told PEOPLE that sea lions will engage with visitors if they are fed - but they're still risky wild animals. The video shows a little girl and her family feeding the sea lion. They are not circus performers.
Tites said it's likely that the sea lion thought the girl's dress was food. "They're not trained to be next to people". "They got teeth, they can bite", UBC Marine Mammal researcher Andrew Trites said.
Trites said the animal should not be blamed for its behavior as the animals are not inherently risky and are not looking to grab people.
"They are 1,000-pounds-plus. We are not at Sea World here", Kiesman said. Following the incident, marine experts and port officials have asked visitors and other public, in general, to keep a safe distance from animals.