Story: Seals

Female sea lions with pups

Female sea lions with pups

Large numbers of sea lions breed on a just a few prime sandy beaches. Here at Sandy Bay on Enderby Island, some females are suckling their pups. Other pups wait in a heap or ‘pod’ for their mothers to return from feeding at sea. At each site, a large bull attempts to dominate and mate with all the females there, fighting any other male foolish enough to show up.

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Lloyd Spencer Davis, 'Seals - New Zealand sea lion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6189/female-sea-lions-with-pups (accessed 29 September 2020)

Story by Lloyd Spencer Davis, published 12 Jun 2006