Eared seals differ from the true seals in having small external earflaps and hind flippers that can be turned to face forwards. Together with strong front flippers, this gives them extra mobility on land and an adult fur seal can move extremely fast across the beach if it has to. They also use their front flippers for swimming, whereas true seals use their hind flippers.
Stellar Sea Lion. Source: Tom Early/BioLib/Encyclopedia of Life
Kingdom: Anamalia (Animals)
Steller's Sea Lion is found on the North Pacific coasts.
The world population of Steller's sea lions has been undergoing a mysterious decline; since 1980, numbers have dropped from over 300,000 individuals to fewer than 100,000. Despite this well-documented and worrying decline, the causes are still being debated. The species is listed as "Endangered."
Like other Eared seals, the male Stellar Sea Lion is considerably larger than the female.
For details, see Stellar Sea Lion.
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