There’s nothing like a good kayaking day among friends. But going out into the ocean also means meeting some wild creatures. This kayaker from New Zealand had no idea that he’d be right between a seal and an octopus as they were fighting to survive.
The man was surprised when a seal popped out of the water, struggling to catch its flailing prey. Annoyed by the tentacles, the seal roughed up his meal by slamming it right in the face of a kayaker who happened to be the right person at the right sea restaurant.
“I’m not sure who got more of a surprise: the seal, the octopus or me,” he wrote on his Instagram post where he added the funny footage of the slap.
The video shows Kyle Mulinder with his friends in south New Zealand, as they were kayaking and testing a new GoPro camera. Taiyo Masuda captured the monumental slap. Right before it happened, the seal came out of the water with an octopus in its mouth and then slapping it at the kayak and at Mulinder’s face.
An Amazing Kayak
On his Instagram, Masuda shared the video too, saying:
“@barekiwi getting octopus smashed into his face by a seal!? I’ve never had such an amazing kayak everrrrr!!”
In an interview with Australia’s Yahoo! 7 News, Mullinder recalled his funny meeting:
“We were just sitting out in the middle of the ocean and then this huge male seal appeared with an octopus and he was thrashing him about for ages. He thrashed it in mid fight and my face happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
After being hit with the octopus, Mulinder was shocked and couldn’t believe 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.’”
Fortunately, Mulinder’s face was the octopus’ second chance at life. The creature escaped the seal, attaching itself to the kayak. The bored seal went to look for food that wouldn’t put up such a fight.
The slow-motion recap of the moment was also posted by Mulinder on his Instagram. That flying octopus looks epic!
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