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A Steller sea lion off the Santa Cruz coast!

Surfing Steamer Lane

A Steller sea lion has been spotted three times near Seal Rock at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California, as well as at the Mile Buoy. Stellers are about THREE TIMES the size of a typical sea lion and often weigh 2,000 to 2,500 pounds and grow to 11 feet long! The article contains three photos the Steller sea lion by Stephen A. Lawson, who describes the sound of the Steller as a “bass roar” rather than the bark of a typical sea lion! In March, I wrote that Michael Sack (Sanctuary Cruises) spotted Steller sea lions in Moss Landing Harbor.

Moss Landing Harbor

Steller sea lions usually live farther offshore. They have been seen closer to Santa Cruz recently, in part because of a breeding colony at Año Nuevo Island, according to biologist Dorris Welch.

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