“You would really only notice if you watch a lot of sea lion behavior, but the fact that one jumps in the water and the other does so quickly after shows they are following one another,” the spokesperson wrote to NBC 7.

Shortly after the video clip went viral on TikTok, a spokesperson from Sea World also shared their thoughts on the matter.

“People should be cautious and keep their space at a reasonable distance,” SeaWorld said. “Although sea lions may get close to visitors along the beach, it’s always recommended that we/the public do not get close and interrupt their behavior.”

Perhaps the person who is most qualified to speak on this matter isn’t a news reporter or an animal expert at all. Maybe it’s the one person who captured the infamous TikTok video while standing on the upper ground of the beach with her camera phone when it all went down.

“The sea lions were sleeping and were just massive on the beach, and I was just watching them and this woman got really close to them, like 4 feet away, and was trying to take a photo of it up close, and it just woke up and started chasing everybody,” said Charlianne Yeyna. “I started recording because it was really funny to watch for me to see all these tourists getting blown away by these giant sea lions.”

The video is barely 24 hours old, and it has already surpassed nine million views. Even though the sea lions appear to be the aggressors in this video, the city council of San Diego recently approved the seasonal shutdown of Boomer Beach and Point La Jolla to prevent humans from harassing them and to protect people from their aggressive tendencies.

To watch the video, scroll up and press play.

Source: NBC San Diego