Steller Sea Lion Tossing Pup – Southeast Alaska
Steller sea lions are the largest of all the eared seals. In fact, an adult male can weigh over a ton. They are like giant swimming grizzly bears on steroids! Although they don’t look like it in the photo, the little pup is about the size of a full grown pit bull. The female however is about 600 lbs. and very upset. This pup most likely wandered or fell into the female’s territory from above. The other possibility is the female was returning from sea and looking for her own pup by a keen sense of smell. When she noticed it wasn’t hers she didn’t have time to walk around it. If sea lions had PPS (Pup Protective Services) then I would have called them right away. Either way it is a good example that nature isn’t always kind, but is seldom boring.
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