A seal slapped a kayaker in the face with a giant octopus in a video that’s gone viral this week.
The wild moment was captured by a high definition GoPro camera by a fellow kayaker who had been recording the day’s adventure.
Kyle Mulinder was kayaking with a group of friends and co-workers off the coast of Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island when he was assaulted by the aquatic mammal.
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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
“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,” Mulinder said to Yahoo News. “He thrashed it in mid-fight and my face happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
“I was like ‘mate, what just happened?'”