Dorado, or mahi-mahi, are prized for the flesh as much as for their fight.
But as far as a Cabo San Lucas sea lion named Pancho is concerned, why bother with the fight if you can steal one that has already been caught?
The accompanying footage was captured earlier this month in Cabo San Lucas. To some degree it appears to be staged, meaning that the pair might have known about the bold sea lion's presence and expected this to happen.
But Mike "the Griz" Ritz (the angler pictured at left), assured via YouTube message that the great sea lion caper was not staged. Pancho is a regular in the marina and generally goes after leftover bait, not game fish.
"Maybe people think this is staged, but what really is happening is that we were taking pictures of our trophy fish after a long day of fishing," the Griz explains. "Pancho normally gets the bait that is left over from fishing, and lives in another part of the marina, so we never expected this to happen!"
This could be true. After all, the angler holding the bull dorado before it gets pilfered is gripping its tail very close to where the sea lion bites. Would he have risked severe injury just for the sake of this fun video clip?
Maybe. People do crazy things in Cabo.
In any event, it made Pancho's day, while the poor pelican watching closely from the dock got nothing.