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New Zealand Sea Lion


Scientific Name:
Phocarctos hookeri
Length:
Males: 2.0-3.25 m, Females: 1.8-2.0 m
Weight:
Males: 318-410 kg, Females: 136-230 kg
Status:
edangered
Prey:
N/A

Physical characteristics

Males have dark brown or black coats. Coats of females are silver to grey on their dorsal side with a creamy underside. Mature males have a black mane of coarse hair around their shoulders.

Behavioral characterization

Adult males are known to occasionally cannibalize pups of the same species.

Distribution

They are found in several sub-Antarctic islands south of New Zealand and their surrounding waters.

Population size

11,355

Predators

Sharks, leopard seals, and killer whales

Migration/Dispersal patterns

N/A

Social system/Group size

Groups are separated by gender.

Major threats

The population status is Vunerable.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Hunting by Polynesian and European settlers caused their extinction from the mainland of Australia.