Thursday, March 12, 2009
Steller, or Northern, Sea Lion (Eumetopias jubatus)
The male, or bull, Steller Sea Lion is a huge animal, growing up to 3 metres in length and weighing up to 900 kilograms. In contrast, the females are only about a third as large. There are three Steller Sea Lion breeding rookeries in British Columbia and many haul-out sites (places where they rest on land) located throughout coastal B.C. A prominent local haul-out site is at Race Rocks, off the Western Communities of Greater Victoria. Elephant Seals (Mirounga angustirostris) can also be seen hauled-out at Race Rocks.
I took this shot in the Broken Islands Group in Barkely Sound on Vancouver Island while visiting Ucluelet >