New Zealander Bradley Scott was watching his daughter’s football game when the animal emerged from the sports field. The football field is not far from the coast.
The sea lion first lay by the side of the field and kept a low profile, but when the 13-year-old players started the game, the animal sprang into action. The sea lion moved to the center of the field, forcing the game to be stopped.
The game was moved to an adjacent field, but soon the sea lion followed the children. “Spectators tried to scare the animal and re-direct it to the side of the field,” Scott told local media. That eventually worked, after which the animal disappeared back into the sea.
The presence of the sea lion led to hilarity among the parents of the children playing football. However, everyone kept at an appropriate distance: sea lions can become aggressive if they feel threatened. The New Zealand authorities therefore advise people to always keep a minimum distance of 20 meters from the animals.
Last week, a seal elsewhere in Dunedin also caused a commotion because the animal blocked a local road.