Steller sea lion
IUCN Status : Near threatened (population increasing)
Steller sea lions are the largest of all the sea lion species and can be found in the northern Pacific off the coasts from Japan all the way to California and are sometimes confused with Californian sea lions. They’re famous for their breeding spectacles where they can completely engulf a beach with the amount of individuals - pups have even been known to be crushed in the throngs.
Did you know that
• males (known as bulls) can be up to 3 times larger than the females
• the collective name for them when they’re found in water is “raft”, when found on land it’s “colony”
• females identify their pups by their keen sense of smell
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