Steller Sea Lions
Steller Sea Lions inhabit the northern Pacific waters between Japan and North America. Most Sea Lions are found along the west coast of British Columbia and Alaska. Considered to be non-migratory, scientists have not observed mass movement to summer or winter grounds. Although individuals or small groups of Steller Sea Lions have been seen travelling hundreds of miles in search of food.
The largest of the eared seal family, the female Steller Sea Lion is estimated to weigh approximately 600 – 700 pounds, while the male weighs about 1,500 pounds.
The Steller Sea Lion population is estimated to be almost 80,000. Feeding on fish, Steller Sea Lions are carnivorous, their jaws containing sharp teeth similar to those found in cats, dogs, and other flesh eating animals.
Their only natural enemy is the Orca Whale, which Sea Lions can often escape by scrambling onto rocky ledges avoiding capture.
Steller Sea Lion Facts
- Scientific Name: Eumetopias Jubatus
- Common Name: Steller Sea Lion
- Length: 8 – 9 Feet
- Gestation Period: 9 Months
- Longevity: 20 Years