This Guy Was Kayaking In The Pacific When A Seal Suddenly Slapped Him With A Creature From The Deep

Kyle Mulinder was out kayaking on the Pacific when something emerged from the water next to him. The creature in question was a seal, which are quite common in the area. However, the animal did something unexpected – it slapped Mulinder with a beast from the deep.

Mulinder is a proud New Zealander. He grew up on a sheep farm on the country’s North Island before chasing his love for adventure on the South Island. He worked as a rafting instructor before becoming a kayak guide around the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.

For Mulinder, there was simply no place on earth like New Zealand. And he was eager to share his experience of his native country with the world. With that in mind, he established his own website – Bare Kiwi – and used social media to document his adventures.

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Soon enough, Mulinder’s quirky content and sleek videos earned him attention online. On Instagram alone – where the adventurer calls himself a “small town Kiwi boy playing in a big beautiful world” – the adrenaline junkie has clocked up more than 62,000 followers.

Before long, Mulinder’s efforts put him on the radar of the folks at GoPro. And the company eventually snapped him up as one of their official content creators. This meant the New Zealander had access to all the latest gadgets to really make his videos stand out.

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In September 2018 Mulinder decided he’d test out a new GoPro camera – the Hero 7 – while out kayaking with his friend Taiyo Masuda. The pair were taking a tour off the Kiwi coastal town of Kaikoura. The area is known for its natural beauty and its array of marine life.

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With that in mind, Mulinder was no doubt hoping he’d capture some decent footage. However, he had no idea just how incredible it would be. Because, as Masuda filmed him in his kayak, a seal leaped out of the water. And before anyone knew what was happening, the animal slapped the adventurer with a creature from the deep.

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Kaikoura is home to a large colony of seals, and the animals pull in visitors from far and wide. Tourists come to see tiny seal pups at Ohau Point waterfall or go swimming with the creatures in the sea. So, while seeing a seal was not unusual in itself, its behavior certainly was.

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Mulinder explained what had happened to him in an Instagram post from September 2018. He said that the incident had been a case of “wrong place, right time.” And upon viewing the footage of the encounter, it’s easy to see what he means.

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Mulinder explained what had happened to him in an Instagram post from September 2018. He said that the incident had been a case of “wrong place, right time.” And upon viewing the footage of the encounter, it’s easy to see what he means.

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The video opens on the blue seas off New Zealand’s South Island. Three kayaks can be seen gliding across the water, as the people occupying them shriek with joy. Then, all of a sudden, the camera focuses on a dark mass beneath the surface of the ocean.

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At first, the object in question is indistinguishable. However, it doesn’t stay hidden for long. That’s because it leaps from the water with a vengeance, revealing itself to be a seal. But the biggest surprise is still yet to come.

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That’s because the seal in question is carrying an octopus in its mouth. And as it emerges from the ocean, it slaps the creature around Mulinder’s face, sending its tentacles flying everywhere. Needless to say, the kayaker is astounded.

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Speaking to BBC News in September 2018, Masuda revealed, “We instantly just laughed so hard, and Kyle was pretty much real confused all the time. He tried to act cool on the camera, he was, like, roaring, but we knew that he was panicking.”

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However, that wasn’t the end of Mulinder’s encounter with the octopus. In the moments that follow his run-in with the creature, he can be heard shouting, “There’s an octopus on my boat” as he tries to scrape something off his kayak using his oar.

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Eventually, Mulinder is able to retrieve the octopus and seems relieved to announce that it is still alive. The creature later escaped to its freedom, but the kayakers couldn’t get over what had happened to them. “No way! That was mental,” someone shouts as the New Zealander wrestles with the octopus.

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Given how much time Mulinder spends on the ocean, he knew Masuda had captured a once in a lifetime moment. As a result, he knew he had to share the footage of his octopus slap on Instagram for all of his followers to see.

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In the accompanying caption, Mulinder wrote, “Yes, I got slapped in the face with an octopus by the seal! I know, crazy, right? Here’s the story. Last weekend I was out testing the new #GoProHero7 with @kaikourakayaks and my mate @taiyomasuda.”

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Mulinder added, “After a fun paddle around the peninsula catching waves, we spotted a giant male seal fighting an octopus. Before we knew it, the fight came to us and, well, the rest is a slap to the face. I’m not sure who got more of a surprise the seal, the octopus or me.”

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Thankfully, though, both Mulinder and the cephalopod escaped their violent encounter unscathed. “The octopus held onto the bottom of kayak for some time before our guide was able to get it off with his paddle,” the kayaker explained. “Then it swam away to fight another day.”

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