I’m the biggest, baddest sea lion around. Well, at least the biggest—we Steller sea lions can weigh up to 2,500 pounds! Bull males are by far the largest and the heaviest; up to three times the size of the average female. When I rush ashore for mating, it turns into a pretty wild stampede. But, I’m just trying to grab territory to impress potential mates!
We’re a very social bunch. During mating season, thousands of us can gather on a single beach in huge colonies. I also like to get together with my Steller sea lion buddies at other times of the year in little reunions (not to brag, but I’m known for throwing pretty great parties).
Did You Know?
Unlike “true seals” such as harbor seals and elephant seals, sea lions have long front flippers and hind flippers that can rotate, allowing me to move much better on land.
I’m pretty chatty when I’m around my friends—I use grumbles, growls and roars to communicate. When I’m gathered with others during mating season it can get very loud (trust me). Males develop long, coarse manes as we get older, similar to a lion’s mane. (Like a lion…of the sea! Get it?)