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Northern (Steller) Sea Lion (Eumetopias
Credit & Copyright: Dr. Bruce G.
Explanation: Hauled out, and blocking our way on this dock, is a sole northern sea lion, basking in a fishing town in coastal southeast Alaska.
Individuals wander widely when not breeding and can make round trips of over 2200 km over the course of many weeks. They feed near shore and over the continental shelf, preying on a variety of fish species as well as some squid and octopus.
lions were used by First Nation people of British Columbia, Canada, for
meat, pelts, and oil. Populations plummeted from introduced diseases in
the 1800s, then increased, by which time they were hunted with bounties
because of their penchant of consuming the same fish that fishermen
pursued. To this day, they are reviled
by some for consuming
salmon in the mouth of the Columbia River and elsewhere along the Pacific
Coast of North America.
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