Australian Sea-lion

Neophoca cinerea TL 1.3–2.25m

What does it look like? Adult male larger than female, with thickened neck and chest. Coat (pelage) brown to blackish (becoming darker with age), and paler whitish-brown on head and nape. Adult female and young male silvery-grey above and yellowish-cream below. Rear flippers move independently. Snout blunt.

Where is it found? Southern Australia, breeding on about 70 islands and parts of mainland along coast of SA (mainly) and WA.

What are its habitats & habits? Breeding and haul-out sites include sandy beaches, rocky islands, reefs and vegetated dunes. Forages at sea for variety of prey, including fish, squid, sharks, crustaceans and seabirds.

Interesting fact: The only endemic seal in Australia.