Steller Sea Lion Photo Gallery
Kenai Fjords National Park offers a great chance to observe Steller Sea Lions in the wild.
What does the Steller Sea Lion look like?
Steller Sea Lions have a lighter coloration than other sea lions. They range from a light yellow to tawny red, however pups are nearly black when born. Both sexes grow quickly until sexual maturity is reached. Males are larger than females and have broader chests, necks and foreheads. They also have flatter snouts and darker tufted hairs on their necks.
Steller Sea Lion Habitat
Steller Sea Lion Facts
Steller Sea Lions are the largest sea lions in the world and the only member of the genus "Eumetopias." They are agile swimmers and can stay under water for up to two minutes and dive as deep at 1,300 feet, they not as graceful on land. They feed on a wide variety of fish and have few natural predators with the exception of Killer Whales and other shark species. Recently, numbers of Steller Sea Lions have fallen dramatically in their Alaskan Range. While the exact reason is not known, scientists strongly suspect is it related to overfishing of Pollock and Herring along the Alaska coast.