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Sea Lions

Written by: Posted on: December 31, 1969 at 7:00PMPosted in: Main Topic

Sea lions are amongst many of the animals that our members will point out when going out on a wildlife viewing adventure on Kodiak Island.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (2014),

The Steller (or northern) sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) is the largest member of the family Otariidae, the “eared seals,” which includes all sea lions and fur seals. It is the only member of genus Eumetopias. Otariids differ from phocids, the “true seals,” in having external ear flaps, long forearms resembling flippers used for propulsion, and rotatable hind flippers that allow quadrupedal locomotion on land.

The sound of a Steller sea lion haulout is a chorus of low-pitched “roars” of older individuals mixed with the “lamb-like” vocalizations of young pups. (para. 1-2)The sound of a Steller sea lion haulout is a chorus of low-pitched “roars” of older individuals mixed with the “lamb-like” vocalizations of young pups.

Sea lions can often be heard and viewed while walking the docks at St. Herman’s Harbor and St. Paul Harbor.  Sea lions can also be heard and viewed out on the ocean in the company of a knowledgeable guide specializing in wildlife viewing and wildlife photography onboard a charter boat or kayak.   If you are interested in learning more about our members who can take you out on a wildlife viewing adventure, please call Discover Kodiak at 486-4782 or stop by the visitor’s center located at 100 Marine Way, Suite 200.

Reference

Alaska Department of Fish & Game. (2014). Steller sea lion (eumetopias jubatus). Retrieved from http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=stellersealion.main

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