Thursday, 23 February 2012

Biggest eared seal.

Image: Wikimedia
Image: Wikimedia
From the northern Pacific.

Eared seals are the sea lions and fur seals of the family Otariidae. The biggest of them is the Steller Sea Lion (Eumetopias jubatus).

A big male can be 3.25 m (10.7 ft) long and weigh up to 1,120 kg (2,500 lb), but the average weight is about half that. Females are only a little shorter but weigh a lot less.

They feed on all sorts of fish and squid. I guess the male just eats a lot more of them to support that expansive waistline!

More on the Steller Sea Lion.


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