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Sea lion snatches fisherman's reality TV catch of the day

When it comes to stealing lunch, Yogi Bear has nothing on Pancho the sea lion. (Source: asobonline/YouTube/CNN) When it comes to stealing lunch, Yogi Bear has nothing on Pancho the sea lion. (Source: asobonline/YouTube/CNN)

(RNN) – Never leave something desired in the view of a roguish sea lion.

That's what two fishermen learned from a sneaky sea lion while filming scenes for a new Travel Channel reality TV show in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The new show, Chef on the Water, is hosted by Mike "The Griz" Ritz, and the victim/fisherman is Chef Yvan Mucharraz. The big catch – a "monster fish" – a nickname for a Dorado or a dolphin fish that's use is usually filleted mahi mahi.

The thief - an infamous sea lion who the locals named Pancho - who has a terrible reputation as a fish-snatching pilferer of big catches on the docks of the Mexican resort city.

Ritz, who also hosts the popular syndicated fishing show Adventures South of the Border, laughed loudly as the chef saw Pancho take the fish away.

Even though the pair called it a crime, Ritz said "We just made one hell of a show!"

Though Pancho's crime has been caught on tape, we don't see any convictions for grand theft fish forthcoming. If you don't want to think of a cute, lovable little sea lion being a thief, this GIF might restore your faith in the species.

The original video, posted on YouTube on Oct. 9, already has more than 2 million views.

Chef on the Water debuts on the Travel Channel in November.

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