A viral TikTok of a woman attempting to get a sea lion off of her boat while being surrounded by orcas has sparked a myriad of different responses from around the internet.
Orcas are predators, which means that the sea lion was almost certainly in danger from the school of killer whales surrounding the woman's boat. Nonetheless, she attempted to get the animal off anyway.
Orcas, while generally non-aggressive toward humans, are top-of-the-food-chain predators nonetheless. They are ruthless and have been known to tip boats over while working together in order to get their prey.
So should the sea lion have stayed on the woman's boat, there's no telling what may have happened to both the woman and her boat.
As orcas are a protected species in the wild, turning on an engine while in close proximity could harm the orcas and potentially lead to fines or jail time, which is why effectively our original poster was left in a bad position with the sea lion.
Eventually, it appears the orcas did leave the boat alone and the woman got to safety.
Unfortunately, the fate of the sea lion cannot be vouched for.