On a recent charter between Haines and Juneau the crew counted over 1,000 Steller Sea Lions hauled out on the rocks near “Sea Lion Rock”. During the spring and summer the sea lions gather to rookeries to breed and pup. They use haulouts on land to rest and suckle their young. When swimming, Steller sea lions use their front flippers for propulsion and their back flippers to steer. When on land, they use a “rolling walk” on all four flippers by pulling their hind flippers under their body. Steller sea lions are good climbers, often found high above the waterline on the rocky cliffs. The Steller Sea Lion is the largest eared seal and largest sea lion species. The average weight of an adult male is 1,245 pounds and can reach up to 2,000 pounds. Sea Lion Rock is a regular stop on the Fjord Express to Juneau.
Sea Lion City on Lynn Canal.
May 8, 2019