The bizarre moment a kayaker got slapped by a seal with an octopus in Kaikoura, New Zealand was captured on camera and has since been shared on social media.
Kyle Mulinder, from Motueka, told The New Zealand Herald it was an “absolutely crazy event”.
He said he had been testing the new Go Pro Hero 7 with his friends from Kaikoura Kayaks when the unthinkable happened.
“[We were] just looking at fur seals, birds, just catching some waves and then we saw a giant male seal fighting an octopus. Because that’s what they do,” he said, laughing.
“It was quite a way away and then next thing it just went deep and we didn’t know where the seal was and honestly out of nowhere ... it popped up right beside us.”
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新しい @gopro #Hero7Black で衝撃映像撮れた 4K60fpsの安定化オンで撮ったからここまで驚いて全部撮れてた！こんな楽しいカヤックはじめて！！音声も海とかのガチャガチャ音ないし最高！ @barekiwi getting octopus smashed into his face by a seal⁉️ I’ve never had such an amazing kayak everrrrr!! I am super stoked that the new @goproanz #Hero7Black captured without missing a thing although we shook so much, #hypersmooth the stabilisation managed it so well!! I made a little montage to show how good the audio came out!! No noises super clean!! Thanks to @kaikourakayaks @purenewzealand @kaikouranz @goprojp @howtodadnz @snapair for such an epic trip!! #gopro #ゴープロ #ゴープロのある生活
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“I don’t know who got the bigger fright – the octopus, the seal or me,” he added.
Kiwi Mulinder described the run-in as “just one of those random events of Mother Nature”.
He said it was “freaky as hell” because the octopus then climbed and held on to the bottom of the kayak and they couldn’t get it off.
“Eventually we were able to get it off,” Mulinder said.
“So the guy came over, and was able to use his paddle as an egg slice ... to get the octopus off.
“The seal swam away, the octopus went the other way and we paddled off, wondering what had just happened.”