There is a reason that sea lions are named after one of the most powerful big cats in the animal kingdom.
Despite most famously being known for getting eaten by great whites and for their leading roles in countless viral airborne shark attack videos, sea lions are formidable predators in their own right.
Reaching lengths of up to 8 feet and tipping the scales at over 200 pounds they typically swim at about 18 mph and are capable of reaching speeds of up to 35 mph. They also have a voracious appetite, routinely consuming 15 – 35 pounds of food in a single feeding session.
They typically eat fish, squid, clams, and crabs. They are also known to frequently eat seals.
Though closely related, differences in their anatomy and physiology as well as some varying behavioral traits mean that sea lions and seals are two distinctly separate species. For example, sea lions have external ear flaps and the ability to walk on land using their front flippers.
Sea lions also have much louder vocalizations than seals. Seals are also smaller, and to my knowledge a sea lion has never been married to Heidi Klum.
This particular sea lion was just out here snacking on someone in the crowd’s leftover French fries though. That was until a sea gull tried to steal the soggy, salty, fried potato stick.
Not a smart move for the bird. It literally got it’s head ripped off for messing with the sea lions snack.
It wasn’t a clean bite either, that poor bird got shook around like a dirty gym sock in a big dog’s mouth.
What’s more American than waking up in the morning, drinking a cup of Folgers, hopping into your Chevy pickup truck, and hitting the golf course with your buds while a majestic Bald Eagle soars across the sky above?
Nothing. That’s what.
Well… unfortunately this video comes to us from Canada so you can ignore the USA speech entirely.
Here we see a Bald Eagle flying around a golf course in Vancouver (the irony), and it ends up chasing down a seagull. The Eagle took the gull with its talons and pulled it straight to the ground.
As the caption to the Instagram post says, Bald Eagles often times prefer the road of least resistance, but they don’t always take the easy route:
“Rather than track down and murder something everytime they’re hungry, bald eagles will more often than not take the easy way out and steal food off of other predators and/or scavenge roadkill.
This is the reason Benjamin Franklin was not keen on having the bald eagle represent the United States of America, because in his opinion the bird possessed “bad moral character” and “he (the eagle) does not get his living honestly.”
He wasn’t entirely wrong, but they will obviously take matters into their own talons when it suits them.”
How cool is this video though?
Imagine playing an early round of golf with your buddies and seeing a Bald Eagle swoop in out of nowhere. Beats the hell outta getting gored by an elk, eh?
If you listen to the video real closely, I’m sure you can hear an Aaron Tippin song playing somewhere:
Bald Eagle Takes A Run At Brown Bear
Eagles have been known to take down some pretty large prey.
I’ve seen them swoop in on small deer and dig their talons in, I’ve seen them divebomb a fish so big they could barely even get it to shore, I’ve seen them drag goats right off the side of a mountain.
Hell, I’ve seen a golden eagle in Asia actually swoop in on an 8 year old girl and try to fly away with her.
But a damn bear? That might be biting off a little more than it can chew.
My hunch is that there is probably an eagle nest nearby, and this bird is just sending a message to the brown bear.
But nevertheless, a pretty cool sight to see.
At it appears as though she went straight for the eyes, and who knows, with those sharp talons… maybe this bear is walking around with an eye patch these days.
Filmed near Naknek River, Alaska, you can hear the folks behind the camera stunned at the attack:
“WHOA, did you see that?”
Maybe it’s about time to book that trip to Alaska.
And while this is probably a pretty rare occurrence, it’s not unheard of.
This bear on Admiralty Island, near Juneau, Alaska, also got the message from a bald eagle with a nest in the area.
Unlike the other bear though, this fella saw the attack coming and was able to evade contact.
Bald Eagle Drowns Young Fawn At Edge Of A Lake
Nature is brutal, man.
According to MeatEater, this video comes to us from Lake Noquebay in Marinette County, Wisconsin.
We can see a young whitetail fawn swimming in the shallow shoreline waters of the lake when a bald eagle drops in and lands right on its back. With its sharp talons piercing the back of the helpless fawn, the eagle pushes it deeper into the water, drowning its next meal.
“The eagle flew away after drowning the fawn and dragging it to shore.
The raptor returned to feed on the deer over the next four days until the only thing left was tufts of hair.”