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Stellar Sea LionStellar sealion Eumetopias Jubatus Stellar sea lions are sometimes confused with California sea lions but are alot larger and lighter in color Males may grow to eleven feet in length and weigh almost 2500 pounds Females are much smaller and may grow to nine feet in length and 770 pounds Stellar sea lions are light tan to reddish brown in color They have a flat face and a boxy bare-like head Adult males lack the saggital crest that adult male California sea lions display Stellars have a bulky build and a very thick neckStellar sea lions are found throughout the north pacific rim from Japan to central California Stellars tend to stay offshore or move out to unpopulated areas Breeding occurs along the north pacific rim from ano nuero island in central california to the kuril islands north of alaska and aleutian islands Pups are born on offshore islands from midmay to mid July and weigh 35-50 puonds Mothers stay wth pups for one to two weeks before hunting at sea Then they spend tiume hunting and nurishing pups on land Pups usually nurse for a year but some continue to nurse up to three years Breeding occurs 10-14 days after the pups are born Dominat males maintain territorys for one to two months and breed with many females During the breeding Stellar sea lions eat a variety of fishes invertebrates and other pimmipeds Known predators are orca killer whales and white sharks Stellars can contract many of the same diseases as California sea lions such as lepospirosis and San Miguel sea lion virus Population The current population of the Stellar sea lions is about 40000 with about 500 living in California Their population has dropped by 80 in the last 80 years The entire population has been listed as a threatened species since 1990 and the western US stock was listed as endangered in 1997 Reasons for this decline is because the
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