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Juvenile sea lion takes on large octopus in New Zealand

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Feb. 16, 2016 at 8:12 AM

HARINGTON POINT, New Zealand, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A New Zealand resident captured footage of one of nature's great aquatic battles, sea lion vs. octopus, with the life of the latter at stake.

The video, filmed Jan. 31 off the coast of Harington Point, on the Otago Peninsula, shows the sea lion thrashing around in the water while the octopus struggles to get free from its jaws.

The juvenile New Zealand sea lion, a species considered "nationally critical" by conservationists, appears to come out victorious in the battle.

The sea lion splashes around in the water as it begins to eat portions of its prey.

"It's making a mess," a man's voice says.

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