STELLAR SEA LION
Weighing in up to 2,500 pounds, the Stellar may be the biggest sea lion out there. The bull males really take the weight cake, however, as they can reach up to three times the size of an average female Stellar. And unlike other “true seals”—looking at you, elephant seals and harbor seals—sea lions have rotating hind flippers and longer front flippers, allowing them to better move on land.
Stellar sea lions congregate en masse to breed, and it’s definitely a thundering spectacle. Bulls become so focused on gaining territory to impress a mate, young Stellar pups can be trampled in the throng.
Social animals, Stellar sea lions don’t simply gather together to breed; rather, they enjoy some reunions throughout the year.
FUN FACT: While sea lions largely feast on octopus, squid, and fish, they have been known to indulge in some cannibalism and snack on some smaller seals.