California & Steller Sea Lions

June 4 2018

California ia Sea Lion
California Sea Lions

How to Identify California sea lions: California sea lions are smaller than Steller’s and are members of the eared seal family. Mature males have dark brown fur, mature females and immature males have light yellowish to tan fur and have a bump or ball cap on their head.                                                                                                                            

Fun Facts:

*A male can weigh 200-400 kg (441-882 lbs) and is 2-2.5 meters long (6.5-8 ft)

*A female can weigh 50-110 kg (110-243 lbs) and is 1.5-2 meters long (5-6.6 ft)

* A baby or pup can weigh at birth 6 kg (13 lbs) and is 75 cm long (30 in)

Steller Sea Lions

How to identify Steller sea lions: Steller sea lions are the largest member of the eared seal family. They are tan to golden brown in colour and darken to chocolate brown on their flippers and underside. Males develop a thick neck mane as they mature.

Fun Facts:   

*A male can weigh 450-1,120 kg (990-2,470 lbs) and is 2.82-3.25 meters long (9.3-10.7 ft)

*A female can weigh 240-350 kg (530-770 lbs) and is 2.3-2.9 meters long (7.5-9.5 ft)

*A baby or pup can weigh at birth 23 kg (51 lbs) males are bigger than females.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Female Steller Sea Lion
Male Steller Sea Lion
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