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The Steller Sea Lion The Stellar sea lion is a threatened species of sea lion that makes its home in the northern Pacific region. Sea lions are known as pinnipeds, meaning fin-footed mammals. Among pinnipeds, only the walrus and elephant seals are larger. The species was discovered and first described in 1741 by naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller for whom they were named. Stellar sea lions have been hunted for thousands of years for meat and other commodities but were seen as only having a slight commercial value by the white Europeans that came to the area in the 19th century. For that reason their numbers didn't initially decline like other more desirable animals. Recently, however, their numbers have been declining rapidly, by 70-80% since the 1970's. The reason is largely unknown but many believe it is because of overfishing in the northern Pacific, making their food sources more and more scarce.

Alaska's Inside Passage Photography  

I had the opportunity to tour Southwest Alaska to photograph the magnificent landscape and wildlife. I cruised on Holland America Line's Oo...

Alaska's Inside Passage Photography  

I had the opportunity to tour Southwest Alaska to photograph the magnificent landscape and wildlife. I cruised on Holland America Line's Oo...

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