|Bull Sea Lion|
Class : Mammalia
Order : Carnivora
Genus : Eumetopias
Species : jubatus
Length : Males 11ft (3.25m), Females 8ft (2.5m)
Weight : Males 2,500lbs (1120kg), Females 1,000lbs (35kg)
IUCN Status : Endangered
Oh George Steller, you have so many species named after you! We've discussed his Sea Cow, his Sea Eagle, and now his Sea Lion! I had a cute little songbird planned for today, but I must admit that the massive Midwestern storm made me change up my post, so cold weather Sea Lion it is!
The Steller Sea Lion is the largest of all the "eared seals," which includes fur seals and sea lions. They can be found in the Northern waters of the Pacific, running from Hokkaido, Japan over to Alaska and sometimes even down as far as California. They are carnivores, and eat fish, squids, octopuses, crustaceans, and, on occasion, smaller seals. They are able to dive 1,300ft (400m) in search of prey.
|Pup, Female, and Male|