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Males can be up to 2.4 m long and weigh as much as 290 kg; females are smaller (up to 1.8 m and 90 kg). In the mating season the males occupy territories along the coastline two weeks before the arrival of the females, whereby there are often rival fights between males. Females within a male’s territory are considered part of his harem, with whom he can mate.


ClassificationOrder: carnivorans; family: eared seals
HabitatPacific coast, but also rivers in close proximity to the coast; often on structures (e. g. piers or oil platforms)
DietFish and crustaceans
ReproductionMating season: May–July; Pupping season: May–June; one pup that is suckled for 6 to 12 months

Status according to Red List

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