A Fight Not Worth Watching

Kyle Mulinder and his friends off the coast of Kaikoura right before he was slapped in the face by an aggressive sea animal.

Kyle Mulinder and his friends off the coast of Kaikoura right before he was slapped in the face by an aggressive sea animal.

Luna Riley, Staff Reporter

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It was a sunny day off the coast of the peninsula Kaikōura in New Zealand. Kyle Mulinder and his friends were kayaking out in the middle of the ocean like they always did when they got a little too close for comfort to the sea life around them.

He and his friends had stopped to watch an octopus and a seal fight when all of the sudden the seal flew out of the water with the octopus in his mouth and slapped Mulinder in the face. He said in an interview with Australia’s Seven News, “I was like ‘mate, 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.”

Seals such as the Mulinder and his friends saw up close mainly eat fish but are known to eat octopus, squid, shellfish, and other sea creatures. When they saw the two animals fighting in the water that day, they were probably fighting to see who would eat who first. In the end, neither the octopus or the seal would have a sea life snack.

The peninsula Kaikōura in New Zealand where this happened is known to have a lot of vivacious sea life and anytime people are in the water they will most likely see an exciting sea creature. In Kaikōura they have what’s called the Kaikōura canyon which is a U-shaped canyon that merges into the ocean channel system. This is where most of the sea creatures are located because it’s cooler and away from most people.

That sunny day off the coast of  Kaikōura, Kyle Mulinder and his friends that maybe if there is an exciting sea creature fight its better to watch from a distance. Soon after this unfortunate incident, the video was posted online and instantly went viral. Senior Samantha Ryan said, “When I first saw the video, I found it so funny. I literally couldn’t stop laughing.” Everyone sympathized for Mulinder and made sure his face was okay after a feisty seal.

About the Writer
Luna Riley, Staff Reporter

Luna Riley is a junior and a first time staff member. She has always loved writing in her free time and decided to pursue this interest by joining The Herald. Alongside writing, you may find her riding horses, playing her flute, or hiking with her family. Outside of school, she works the entire summer at camp. It’s her favorite activity and she loves to talk and write about it all the time. With her friends, she loves to go to concerts, eat at Waffle House, and make friendship bracelets. She obsesses over old movies such as Breakfast At Tiffany’s and spends all the time she can with her dog Lobo. She is excited for the upcoming year and to be apart of The Herald staff!

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