Project Description

A curious Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) has its eye on me.  I can imagine this graceful animal is probably wondering what an awkward bubble blowing creature like myself is doing down here anyway?!  Despite our differences, I felt a real connection to these animals.  I thought it was interesting when I found out that sea lions are distantly related to dogs.  They definitely have large canine teeth to help them catch the fish they enjoy eating.  These animals have been recorded diving to depths of 1148 feet (350 metres) in search of food and remain submerged for around five minutes.  The Steller sea lion is the world’s largest sea lion and males can reach lengths of almost 10 feet (3 metres), and weigh 1760 pounds (800 kilograms).  Their range extends from the California coast up to the Bearing Strait, and also includes the coastal areas of Japan and Asia.