Steller Sea Lion

Steller Sea Lion

Steller Sea Lions are a species of Pacific sea lions that are the largest of the eared seals.

Scientific Name Eumetopiasjubatus

Classification – Eumetopias

Gender Names – Male – bull; Female – cow; Baby – pup

Collective Noun – Colony, raft, rookery

Length/Size – 3 m (9.8 ft) average

Weight – 544 kg (1,199 lb)average

Top Speed – Approximately 11 mph

Life Expectancy – 20-30years

Mating Season  Around May

Gestation Period – 12 months

Social Structure – Like most other sea lions, live in groups of one dominant male with its harem of females

Geographical Distribution – Northern Pacific in and around Alaska

World Population – 85,000 (2000 estimate)

Conservation Status –Near Threatened

Diet – Different kinds of fishes including sand lance, herring, mackerel, pollock, rockfish, salmon, capelin, cod, etc., bivalves, squid, gastropods and octopus

Predators – Killer whales (Orcas), large sharks, human