5 of 5 Distressed Sea Lion Pup Morro Strand

photo by mikebaird on Flickr

5 of 5 Distressed Sea Lion Pup Morro Strand — Fotopedia
5 of 5 This Distressed Sea Lion Pup was observed precisely at the point of the Azure Street entrance to Morro Strand State Beach, in Morro Bay, CA, 29 June 2009 close to 7PM. A number of people had already congregated and I found out that phone calls were earlier made to agencies including Pacific Wildlife Care at 805-543-9453 same as 1-805-543-WILD, and based on the reported observations a decision was made not to attempt a rescue. The visitors tending the pup had gone to Spencer's Market and bought a large platter of raw cod fish and fed hunks to the pup. The pup ate quite a bit and then seemed satiated. He regained strength, moved to the water and appeared to drink some water, and then scampered back into the surf evidently significantly re-energized. Earlier the pup was reported to be quite far above the water line and exhausted. You can see its fur is starting to molt here. Morro Rock is in the background. Photos by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike at mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; Canon SD950 handheld with built-in flash.
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Sea lion

Sea lions are sea mammals characterized by external ear flaps, long foreflippers, the ability to walk on all fours, and short, thick hair. Together with the fur seals they comprise the family Otariidae, eared seals, which contains six extant and one extinct species (the Japanese sea lion) in five genera. Their range extends from the subarctic to tropical waters of the global ocean in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, with the notable exception of the northern Atlantic Ocean. They have an average life span of 20–30 years. A male California sea lion weighs on an average about 300 kg (660 lb) and is about 8 ft (2.4 m) long, while the female sea lion weighs 100 kg (220 lb) and is 6 ft (1.8 m) long. The largest sea lion is the Steller's sea lion which can weigh 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) and grow to a length of 10 ft (3.0 m). Sea lions consume large quantities of food at a time and are known to eat about 5–8% of their body weight (about 15–35 lb (6.8–15.9 kg)) at a single feeding.

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