Female Steller's sea lion

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  1. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    From Botanical Beach, near Port Renfrew. This curious sea lion emerged out of the water to take a closer look at a small dog (on a leash) along the rocky shore.

    I heard her huff as she exhaled before I spotted her.
     

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    Next you can name the marine algae.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    And a close-up crop of her - I think the markings on her left shoulder look like a healed wound.
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Unlike typical seals (Phocidae), it has a visible ear, placing it in the family Otariidae.

    Around here, we only get typical seals, mostly Grey Seals Halichoerus grypus - here's one (also a female).
     

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