Sea Lion

SEA LION is a variety of SEAL. Two species occur on the coast. The Steller (northern) sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) breeds at 3 main rookeries: in HECATE STRAIT, at the south end of the QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS and at Scott Island off northwest VANCOUVER ISLAND. The male is enormous, weighing up to 1,100 kg—more than a bear—and the female is much smaller. Stellers are tawny brown in colour and feed mainly on fish. They were once hunted for blubber and skins, and for many years the killing of...

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