Little girl who was dragged into water by sea lion now being treated for 'seal finger'

The little Canadian girl who was dragged into the water by a sea lion earlier this week is being treated for a related infection known as "seal finger", according to the Vancouver Aquarium.

Dramatic video of the sea lion pulling the little girl off a pier in Richmond, British Columbia, quickly went viral.

A little girl is dragged into the water by a sea lion. Photo: 7 News

Staff at the aquarium later tried to alert the girl's family to the danger of a hazardous infection known as "seal finger".

"The family saw media reports in which our marine mammal trainer recommended they call us, and they did get in touch," a Vancouver Aquarium spokeswoman told NBC News.

"She did get a superficial wound and she's going to get the right treatment".

A family member jumps in to help the distressed girl. Photo: 7 News

A bite from a seal or sea lion carries a host of bacteria uncommon in land mammals, according to experts.

If diagnosed, it must be treated promptly with antibiotics.

The girl's family have not commented publicly on the incident since the video went viral.