Alaska News

An aggressive sea lion stole his halibut. Then the startled fisherman impaled his foot.

Wildlife troopers in Sitka say a fisherman's foot was impaled after an aggressive sea lion snatched most of a large halibut away from him.

On Thursday, Sitka-based troopers got a report about a sea lion at the cleaning dock at Sealing Cove Harbor, according to an online dispatch.

"The complainant reported that while he was cleaning a 70-pound halibut on the dock an aggressive sea lion came onto the dock, advanced towards him and took the majority of the fish," the dispatch says.

Matters were made worse when the fisherman backed toward his boat to avoid the hungry animal and impaled his foot on a gaff hook, troopers said.