Kw-logo-smaller

When Seals Attack

The bite on the heel came as a surprise to Tyrone Critchley. He was swimming when the seal bit him, dragged him underwater and then shook him before letting go. The fact that it had dull teeth didn't matter. "I was freaking," said Tyrone in an interview. "I swallowed a bunch of water and was just going nuts, screaming, throwing my arms around and kicking as hard as I could. It dragged me down a second time and I just ripped my foot out of its mouth and headed for shore."

Shark attacks are something you hear about in the news a lot but not seal attacks. Seal attacks aren't a danger swimmers usually have to worry about. Tyrone Critchley was attacked while swimming near the shores of Texada Island, British Columbia. He's not the only one who had an encounter with a seal, possibly the same one.

Not long after Tyrone's scary encounter, Carol Mearns was also attacked in the same waters. The seal jumped into her kayak and bit her in the arm. Her son was knocked out of the kayak onto the rocks. The gray harbor seal left puncture marks on her left arm. "I really had no warning except that I had seen the seals out there. I had no warning that an attack was imminent," says Carol.

Swimmers near Texada Island won't be seeing any signs that say 'Beware of Seals' in the future. Marine biologists say there's no good explanation for the seal's behavior but it's not something people have to worry about. It has happened before but it's rare.

Have you ever been attacked by seals or any other mammal, reptile, bird, insect or even plant? We want to hear about it so

Related Stories:

  • Shark Attack!
  • Sting of the Hornet
  • The Polar Bear
  • When Alligators Attack
  • 3 Comments

    latest videos

    related stories

    Random in the forums

    -Gwen9--
    -Gwen9-- posted in Say Anything:
    Any day we don't have school.
    reply 14 minutes
    -Gwen9--
    -Gwen9-- posted in New Users:
    How To Upload a Photo:Yay! You have read this far, now its time to learn things. In this post, I will be teaching you how to upload a photo! :DDesktop: Okay, there are two ways to do this. You can upload from your albums, OR, you can upload from your profile picture.                   To upload from your albums, go to your profile and click on "my albums." Now, the system will tell you that you MUST upload a photo to an album. You have two options, you can create a new album, or you can upload to a previously made album. After you choose one of the two options, you need to click on the "choose file" button. You need to choose a file. But, before you upload, make sure your picture is appropriate and follows all of the KW rules! I recommend that you read the rules before uploading. Then after your upload, your photo will be taken to moderation where it will be approved or rejected.                      To upload from your profile picture, you just click a button that says upload. Then its really just the same thing.Mobile: Uploading for mobile is just about the sane thing except you need to press the three people in the right corner and then scroll down to my albums.Remember, when you upload a photo, if follows all of the rules. Do NOT upload a photo of a celebrity and say it is you! For ages 12 and under, sorry, but you may not upload pictures of yourself.
    reply 24 minutes
    hugebear
    hugebear posted in Say Anything:
    FTW the Fridays is me favourite FTC :D [for the chips] :D
    reply about 1 hour
    Kirsteeeeen
    This thread has been moved. Click here to see the new thread.
    reply about 1 hour
    -Gwen9--
    -Gwen9-- posted in General:
    Chocolate!!!
    reply about 2 hours

    play online games