Project Description

Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) are magnificent animals and very vocal.  Here is a proud male with his coarse mane that resembles a lion’s mane.  If you look closely at the photo you can see one with its head thrown back making a loud barking sound.  I thought it was interesting 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 proud male here is surrounded by females, as well as younger sea lions.  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.  These sea lions were photographed north of Nanaimo off of Vancouver Island.