And Finally

Sea lion sets upon Shakira

By | Published on Wednesday 15 February 2012


Colombian pop sort Shakira has suffered a vicious assault at the hands – or should I say, flippers – of a sea lion whilst vacationing in Cape Town. So moved was the singer by the incident, which seems specifically to have amounted to a scratch on her hand sustained while scrambling over some rocks, that she has posted up a “Special Report” on Facebook detailing exactly what happened.

The English version of the note (there’s also a handy Spanish version) reads: “This afternoon I happened to see some sea lions and seals. Suddenly, one of them jumped out of the water so fast and impetuously that it got about one foot away from me, looked me in the eye, roared in fury and tried to bite me”.

She continues: “I was paralysed by fear and couldn’t move, I just kept eye contact with it while my brother ‘Super Tony’ jumped over me and literally saved my life, taking me away from the beast”.

Shak later deduces that the attack was due to the sea lion (pictured here, poised to strike) mistaking the glare from her sunlit Blackberry for a fish, and thus trying to eat it… and her. And where were Dick Van Dyke’s heroic porpoises in all this, that’s what I’d like to know.

You too can read Shakira’s full report, which as per its title is very ‘special’ indeed, here.