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Australian Sea Lion- Threatened Sea Mammal

BY EARTHFIRST

Not so long ago Australian Sea Lions were hunted to near extinction; thankfully there are now laws to protect them. The total population of these playful and beautiful sea mammals is only around 10,000 and they live in the south and western coastlines of Australia.

They are very social animals that live in groups of 10 to 15. During breeding season the females can become very aggressive defending their pups they have been known to attack people who don’t respect their territory.

Sea lions have a lifespan of around 20 years, the male Sea Lion can weigh up to 300kg! and ear a variety of sea life including; squid, octopus, cuttlefish, fish, small sharks, lobsters and even birds.

Want to know what you can do to protect the Australian Sea Lion?

  • Keep your distance and admire from a distance: (5 metres on land and 10 metres in the water. Collisions with boats can hurt and kill them, and they can attack people if you venture too close; specially during breeding season.
  • Don’t feed them: They need to be self suficient an not relly on humans for food.
  • Take your rubbish with you: Each year many sea lions are victims of our wasteful ways! Many die terribly slow deaths from entanglement and from ingesting plastic and other rubbish.

What do you think?


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