TikTok in Stitches As Seals Chase Away Beachgoers


| LAST UPDATE 07/12/2022

By Riley Hammond
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Once again, a hilarious TikTok has gone viral on the platform - and this time, it involved a California beach, a bunch of sunbathers, and a couple of seals who didn't respond well to humans taking over the shore...

Chaos already appears to be taking place at the start of the entertaining video, which was posted by TikTok user @favortown. The beachgoers, filmed by Charlianne Yeyna from a higher altitude, scatter in various directions as they flee the blubbery mammals charging at them. The turf war then ends within a matter of seconds, as the seals decide to discontinue the chase and throw themselves back into the water. And although all the commotion seemed to be over pretty quickly as people stopped running, we're pretty sure it took them a while to process what they'd just encountered. And thanks to Charlianne, the hilarious incident was caught on camera.

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The TikTok user later revealed the events leading up to the chase, telling NBC San Diego that the chaos unfolded after one person got a little too close to the sleeping seals, hoping to get a photo. "I started recording because it was really funny to watch for me because to see all these tourists getting blown away by these giant sea lions," Yeyna told the station. She apparently found it too hilarious not to share on social media - and we're definitely glad she did! The viral clip has now reached at least 8 million views and over a million likes since it was posted on July 9, 2022. 

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One hilarious comment on the video, posted by a user named ReanBean, read, "they really said locals only," while another person noted, "Nature is reclaiming itself." As hilarious as the situation was, perhaps it's hard not to disagree with that one. La Jolla Cove, where the incident took place, is located in the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, whose primary purpose is to protect marine life. Several warnings are posted in the area, reminding visitors to keep a safe and respectful distance from the animals on and near the shore. Although, by the looks of it, this pair of seals didn't need the help of the signs - they managed to make that statement all on their own! Luckily, no one was harmed, and millions of people were able to find light in the situation. Stay tuned for more trending news!

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