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2009-04-22 16:00:00

Scientists from Canada and the U.S. have discovered the skeleton of a previously unknown web-footed carnivore in Canada's Arctic. The researchers said their discovery sheds light on how seals developed from land-based mammals. The primitive animal, known as Puijila darwini, measured around 43 inches from nose to tail, and had a body similar to that of an otter, but a skull akin to a seal. New research suggests Puijila is a "missing link" in the evolution of the group that today includes...

2008-12-24 21:54:58

A manager at California's Oakland International Airport says a sea lion that approached the hub's runway has been taken to an animal sanctuary. The airport operations manager, who asked not to be identified, said the 6-foot-long male sea lion was taken Wednesday to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., after it was found approaching the west end of the airport's main runway, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The manager said the animal seemed confused. He seemed kind of lost and...

2008-12-16 15:26:52

Researchers say sea lions and seals living off the coast of Southern California are contaminated by high levels of DDT and PCB. The research by California State University, Long Beach suggests waste laden with pesticides and chemicals continues to poison marine life off the Palos Verdes Peninsula's White Point, more than 30 years after the dumping was halted. The report said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figures show more than 9 million cubic meters of sediment contaminated with about...

2008-10-27 12:00:16

U.S. marine biologists say they have initiated a study of the increased incidence of leptospirosis cases in wild California sea lions. Scientists at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., hope their research will determine when and why the sea lions contract the disease that usually surges in cycles every four to five years. "The blood samples our team will collect from wild California sea lions will help determine kidney function and exposure rates among these animals," said Dr....

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2008-10-24 09:43:18

An increased number of sea lions have the bacterial infection this year The Marine Mammal Center is seeing a large number of leptospirosis cases in California sea lions this year and is leading a study to determine when and why the sea lions contract this disease. Every four to five years, the Center sees a surge in the number of sea lions admitted as a result of this bacterial infection that affects the kidneys and can be lethal for patients. The current research will focus on the factors...

2008-09-17 15:00:19

By CARPINTER, Bernard MARINELAND staff are training sea lions and seals in the hope that shows will go on after the death of their star attraction, Kelly the dolphin. The long-running Napier tourist attraction has been closed to the public since Kelly's death last week, but staff are hoping the city council will reopen it. The council will hold public consultations before deciding whether it can afford to run Marineland without its key attraction. At the zoo yesterday, Rebekah...

2008-09-11 15:05:00

THE Department of Conservation is warning people not to be fooled by the puppy dog eyes of a sea lion or New Zealand fur seal this summer, into thinking they're safe to touch. They have a nasty bite and run fast, DOC said. Southlanders share more than 3000km of coastline with many marine mammal species and one the most common visitors are fur seals and New Zealand sea lions. DOC Stewart Island field centre supervisor Sharon Pasco said these large mammals were regularly seen on the region's...

2008-08-24 00:00:00

Your recent story about the body of a sea creature in St Mary's Bay is confusing. Two types of sea lion occur in the northern hemisphere: the Californian (the one that got used in so-called circus seal acts) and the Steller's sea lion. Both live in the Pacific so it is difficult to comprehend how one could have naturally found its way here. We have two types of seal in our waters - the common and the grey. Three-quarters of the world's population of grey seals occur around Britain....

2008-08-06 21:00:05

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FERNDALE, Wash. - No one wants to be stuck with a large, uninvited visitor. Especially a sea lion that makes itself at home on a family sailboat - twice. Lynnea Flarry and her family were picnicking Sunday on Clark Island when her daughter-in-law spotted a sea lion aboard the family's 31-foot boat. The animal had apparently taken advantage of a ladder on the stern of the boat. Flarry's son and grandchildren took a dingy out to the boat to try to coax the animal...

2008-08-06 00:00:20

By Cat Sieh, The Bellingham Herald, Wash. Aug. 5--A California Sea Lion that hauled itself onto a Ferndale family's boat off Clark Island Sunday, Aug. 3, is likely suffering the poisoning effects of a toxin found in algae, marine mammal rescuers say. The sea lion, a 2- or 3-year-old female, has shown unusual and erratic behavior, a red flag for domoic acid poisoning, said Amy Traxler, coordinator at the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Friday Harbor. Domoic acid is a...


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Japanese Sea Lion, Zalophus japonicas
2013-06-22 16:34:14

The Japanese sea lion (Zalophus japonicas) is in extinct species that could once be found in the Sea of Japan. The biggest populations occurred around the Korean peninsula and the Japanese Archipelago. In these areas, both sea lions and seals have influenced the names of some coastal areas, like Inubosaki or “dog-barking point.” It was formally classified as a distinct species in 2003 due to a difference in behaviors and range, but was previously known as a subspecies of the California...

Japanese Sea Lion, Zalophus japonicas
2013-06-10 11:01:20

The Japanese sea lion (Zalophus japonicas) is in extinct species that could once be found in the Sea of Japan. The biggest populations occurred around the Korean peninsula and the Japanese Archipelago. In these areas, both sea lions and seals have influenced the names of some coastal areas, like Inubosaki or “dog-barking point.” It was formally classified as a distinct species in 2003 due to a difference in behaviors and range, but was previously known as a subspecies of the California...

Steller Sea Lion, Eumetopias jubatus
2012-11-01 07:34:19

The Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) is a species that can be found in the northern Pacific. It is also known as Steller's sea lion or the northern sea lion and is the only member of its genus, Eumetopias. Its range stretches from Gulf of Alaska to the Sea of Okhotsk and the Kuril Islands in Russia. Its southern range includes Año Nuevo Island near California. Although it once bred as far south as the Channel Islands, it has not been seen there since the 1980’s. Traditionally,...

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2007-02-13 15:36:59

The South American Sea Lion or Southern Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens, previously Otaria bryonia) is a sea lion found on the Chilean, Peruvian, Uruguayan and Argentine coasts. They are perhaps the typical sea lion in appearance. They have a very large head with an upturned snout. Both males and females are orange-colored. The manes on males are lighter than females, and female fur on the head and neck is lighter than that of males. The South American Sea Lion's size and weight can vary...

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2007-02-13 15:34:25

The California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) is a coastal sea lion of the northern Pacific Ocean. Males grow to 600 lb (300 kg) and 8 ft (2.4 m) long. The females are significantly smaller they are about 200 lb (100 kg) and 6.5 ft (2 m) long. The California Sea Lion has a streamlined body that contains a layer of blubber under the skin to provide warmth and buoyancy. Their large eyes help them adjust to low levels of light in underwater environments, while their whiskers augment their...

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