Northern Sea Lion

Eumetopias jubatus

Northern sea lions are also known as Steller sea lions, are the largest of the eared seals The world population of the northern sea lion is about 85,000. This number has decreased in the last 30 years. The northern sea lions have been listed as an endangered species.

Characteristics

Northern sea lions are a light tan to reddish brown colour. They have a blunt face with a boxy, bear-like head. They also have a big bulky build and a very thick neck that resembles a lion’s mane. Male sea lions average about 3 meters (10 feet) and weigh about 450-1,000 kilograms (1,000-2,200 pounds). During the mating season, males fast and lose about 200 kilograms (450 pounds). This weight loss enables the males to defend the breeding territories…

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